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.

Act Now to Shape NPS Policy on Peak Season Fees and More

Act Now to Shape NPS Policy on Peak Season Fees and More

Time is running out to submit comments on the proposed peak period fee initiative at 17 popular national parks.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Get Outdoors with Fee Free Days!

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Get Outdoors with Fee Free Days!

Make a New Year’s resolution to get outdoors! And here’s an easy way to get started – just take advantage of the 15 combined fee-free days offered by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service in 2018. Most fee-free days are linked to holidays and special events, and often have special offers by agency partners.

Recreation and Conservation Leaders Host Congressional Briefing on Disaster Recovery Needs

Recreation and Conservation Leaders Host Congressional Briefing on Disaster Recovery Needs

Hurricane damage at Virgin Islands National Park

Disaster recovery on America’s public lands and waters was the focus of a joint briefing on Capitol Hill December 5.  Officials from recreation and conservation organizations, including The Corps Network, National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA), and National Parks Conservation Association briefed Congressional staffers and public and private partners on natural resource recovery needs in national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and other public lands systems in the wake of a devastating year of hurricanes, drought, wildfires and other natural disasters.  We were delighted that key Administration officials including Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech attended and joined in the conversations about restoring communities and recreation services, not just the lands.

New Survey Finds Teens Spend Only One Hour Outdoors Per School Day

New Survey Finds Teens Spend Only One Hour Outdoors Per School Day

On a typical school day, teenagers spend just one hour outdoors, according to a new survey from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF). The survey uncovers critical insights into how teens interact with the environment in today’s technology-driven world. It finds that although most teens (80 percent) say they prefer to spend time indoors, they overwhelmingly recognize that time outdoors makes them healthier (92 percent) and happier (88 percent). The survey sheds light on those to whom teens turn for environmental education, noting that parents and educators are trusted sources for information about the environment. However, the survey also highlights the need for both groups to do more since only 62 percent of teens feel knowledgeable about the environment and even fewer (42 percent) care about its protection.