Partners Outdoors 2018

Partners Outdoors 2018
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Partners Outdoors 2018 will bring partners from the public and private sectors together to unify and focus recreation community efforts on core issues and showcase innovation in thinking and action. Brainstorming, visioning and action will be expected of all participants, and the program will celebrate the start of Great Outdoors Month. The Washington, D.C., area will once again host the event. The program will be a joint undertaking of private sector interests, coordinated through the American Recreation Coalition, federal agencies coordinated through the Federal Recreation Council, and state park agencies coordinated by the National Association of State Park Directors.

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Praises Inclusion of Wildfire Funding Reform in Omnibus Spending Bill

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Praises Inclusion of Wildfire Funding Reform in Omnibus Spending Bill
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Washington, D.C. (March 26, 2018) – The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today celebrated the passage of wildfire funding reform as part of the FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill. This new legislation will support long-term wildfire mitigation practices and safeguard important forest programs including recreation, ensuring Americans continue to have access to healthy, active outdoor recreation on their public lands.

Six Governors Already Proclaim June 2018 Great Outdoors Month®!

Six Governors Already Proclaim June 2018 Great Outdoors Month®!

Great Outdoors Month® is coming! Spring is still five days away and six governors have already proclaimed June 2018 as Great Outdoors Month®! Governors Bill Walker (Alaska), Kim Reynolds (Iowa), Rick Snyder (Michigan), Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania), Bill Haslam (Tennessee) and Gary Herbert (Utah) have issued proclamations recognizing the important economic and healthful benefits of outdoor recreation and urging their residents to enjoy time in the Great Outdoors. We expect the remaining governors and the President to join in this celebration in the coming weeks and months. Help amplify the Governors’ efforts by downloading the state proclamations and sharing them throughout your communications channels! Visit www.greatoutdoorsmonth.org/proclamations to view, download and share each of the attractive and unique 2018 proclamations – and check back again soon for additional postings!

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Convenes National Leaders at NGA Winter Meeting

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Convenes National Leaders at NGA Winter Meeting
Industry Calls for Creation of Outdoor Recreation Offices in All 50 States
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Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2018) – The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today called for governors in all 50 states to establish an Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) and reaffirmed its commitment to working collaboratively with state leaders to advance outdoor recreation priorities across the country.

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Welcomes Government Recognition of Industry as GDP Contributor

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Welcomes Government Recognition of Industry as GDP Contributor
Inaugural Report Highlights Economic Influence of Outdoor Recreation Industry
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Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2018) – The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today applauded the release of the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

American Recreation Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable to Unify as Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

American Recreation Coalition, Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable to Unify as Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
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Washington, D.C. (February 13, 2018) – Recreation industry leaders announced today the formation of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), a powerful unified entity that will provide a strong voice for outdoor recreation across America. The new organization combines the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations, which was formed in 2017, and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), an organization of recreation interests that has had a significant and positive impact on outdoor recreation for more than three decades.

Secretary Zinke Announces Changes in National Park Service Leadership

Secretary Zinke Announces Changes in National Park Service Leadership

Today, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that he has selected Michael T. (Mike) Reynolds to be the superintendent of Yosemite National Park in California. He also named Paul Daniel (Dan) Smith the National Park Service’s acting director, replacing Reynolds, who has exercised the authority of NPS director since January 3, 2017.

ORIR Calls for Immediate Action on Wildfire Fighting Costs

ORIR Calls for Immediate Action on Wildfire Fighting Costs

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) has expressed its strong support for the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, legislation introduced in 2017 in both the United States Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. In a January 17 letter to House and Senate leadership – as well as other key Members of Congress and administration officials – ORIR urged the nation’s leaders to reform the federal funding formula for wildfire suppression, saying, “Using 10-year average suppression costs for budgeting constrains non-suppression federal agency efforts...[and] jeopardizes public lands recreation programs vital to our segment of the US economy.”

Great Outdoors Month® Council Adopts New Leadership, Multi-Year Goals

Great Outdoors Month® Council Adopts New Leadership, Multi-Year Goals

The Great Outdoors Month® Council is proud to announce new leadership for 2018! At a January 10 meeting held at the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Council members approved a new Executive Committee dedicated to making 2018 the biggest and best Great Outdoors Month® yet! Executive Committee members are:

Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Wounded Veterans Find Healing at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

The National Park Service (NPS), park concessioners and other partners teamed up with wounded veterans to preserve the nation’s culture and history at Lake Mead National Recreation Area November 7-9 and, at the same time, help wounded veterans find relief from physical and psychological pain.