RBFF and U.S. Forest System Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement

Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and U.S. Forest Service Enter Historic Cooperative Agreement
By Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Tuesday it has entered into a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. Through the agreement, the Forest Service will help provide funding for the Take Me Fishing campaign while RBFF will promote the available fishing opportunities on or near U.S. Forest Service lands.

"The U.S. Forest Service manages some of this nation's most pristine lands, and the fishing is top-notch," said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. "This new agreement allows us to bring more recognition to these great fishing opportunities, helping to bring new anglers and boaters to the water, generating more funds for conservation programs."

Forest Service Aims to Revamp Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands

Forest Service Aims to Revamp Special Use Permit Process to Encourage, Enable More Access to Public Lands
Originally published by Jason Blevins in the Denver Post, this story can be found as a PDF here

The U.S. Forest Service is scheming a historic shift from a century of strict regulation focused on controlling and limiting access toward a new mission that encourages more Americans to more safely explore public lands.

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Alexandria, VA– The Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (Trust), will engage the next generation in an Every Kid in the Park event on Friday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 75 Lyles Crouch Elementary School 4th grade students will come to Jones Point Park to participate in a morning of fishing, boating, and conservation activities to connect them to their local parks and the Potomac River. The Trust’s STEM on the Potomac educational program will also bring TC Williams High School STEM Academy 11th grade students will join as mentors for the 4th grade students.

Recreation Leaders Address NASPD Conference

Recreation Leaders Address NASPD Conference

A trio of recreation community leaders - ARC President Derrick Crandall, NMMA VP for State Government Relations David Dickerson and RVDA President Phil Ingrassia - addressed the National Association of State Park Directors 2016 Conference in French Lick, Indiana last week. The mood was upbeat, and no wonder - state parks are reporting that visitation is up. Virginia has an especially good story to tell with almost one million visitors - through July 31 - than the same time last year! State parks continue to be one of the best opportunities for healthy, active outdoor fun on public lands and waters across the country. See their presentation here. For more state park facts, click here.

Chasing Digital Creatures is Old News to US Forest Service

Chasing Digital Creatures is Old News to U.S. Forest Service - Discovery Agents turns augmented reality mobile gaming into education

Washington DC - A year before augmented reality arrived on the scene, the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) had embraced the power and allure of technology to get kids moving and learning. The agency’s leadership recognized that lifestyles and family preferences are evolving rapidly and as a result, methods for engaging kids outdoors must also adapt. To capture the imagination of today’s youth and families, they partnered with Discovery Agents to customize an augmented reality game as dynamic as the huge and diverse national forest system. The Discovery Agents mobile game, available for both Apple and Android devices, is allowing families to explore and learn during hundreds of millions of visits annually.

Sec. Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of Maine's North Woods

Secretary Jewell Applauds President’s Designation of the First National Monument to Preserve Landscape, History & Culture of Maine’s North Woods
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument Permanently Protects Mountains, Forests & Waters of North-Central Maine, Builds on Robust Tradition of Growing National Park System through Private Philanthropy

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today applauded President Obama’s designation of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, the first national monument to preserve the landscape and honor the history and culture of Maine’s North Woods. The President’s use of the Antiquities Act to make this designation permanently protects 87,500 acres of lands donated to the National Park Service earlier this week by the Elliottsville Plantation, Inc., (EPI), including the East Branch of the Penobscot River and its tributaries, one of the most pristine watersheds in the Northeast.

Boating Industry's 2016 "State of the Industry" Webinar

The state of the boating industry is good. That’s the message from Boating Industry’s “2016 State of the Boating Industry” webinar. According to the report, powerboat sales are up 5 - 7%, and when you include sales of Personal Watercraft, sales are up 9%. While sales are not yet back to pre-recession levels, boat sales have been steadily growing for four years, and at least two more years of solid growth is projected. The industry continues to struggle with an aging population, but efforts are underway to try and reverse this trend.

Watch the full webinar:

Download the slides here.

It's All Yours: Discover the Forest with Pete's Dragon

There’s magic in the forests—and, it’s all yours to discover! Visit It's All Yours to explore the magic of our nation’s and see Disney’s new film, “Pete’s Dragon” in theaters Friday, August 12.

NPS Turns 100 August 25!

You're invited to the National Park Service's 100th birthday August 25!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and they're inviting visitors of all ages to join in the celebration throughout the month! With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial!

To get you started, we've gathered a sampling of special programs taking place and listed them below. But hundreds of other August events across the country can be found at FindYourPark.com and EncuentraTuParque.com.

Park Rx: A Three Part Webinar Series

Park Rx
Creating and Strengthening Park Prescription Programs: A Three-Part Webinar Series

The National ParkRx Initiative is excited to announce a series of free webinars that will explore some of the most important elements for successful park prescription programs.

Learn how to create, improve and promote your own park prescription program while hearing real-world examples of how organizations incorporated the National ParkRx Initiative into their work.

Each webinar will draw on case studies and best practices from expert medical doctors, park professionals and public health officials in the ParkRx movement.