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.

ORIR Leaders Meet with USDA Under Secretary, Find Partnership and Better Infrastructure Messages Welcomed

ORIR Leaders Meet with USDA Under Secretary, Find Partnership and Better Infrastructure Messages Welcomed

A delegation of Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) organization leaders delivered a blend of praise and challenges to the USDA’s Acting Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment, Dan Jiron, and a key group of department officials on November 21. The ORIR group underscored the importance of national forests to many recreational activities and the world-class experiences provided to anglers and skiers, hikers and campers, boaters and motorized trail enthusiasts. The group also noted that many forest recreation sites rely on outdated and inadequate infrastructure. They told the Under Secretary that partnerships in recreation experiences are key to long-term capacity and quality.

Fourth Graders Eligible for Free Christmas Trees on National Forests

Fourth Graders Eligible for Free Christmas Trees on National Forests

Thanksgiving is here, and that means Christmas is right around the corner!  Make plans for a great family experience – cutting your own Christmas tree on a national forest!   The U.S. Forest Service has a special program that allows fourth graders with an Every Kid in a Park pass obtain a free Christmas tree permit while supplies last.  Fourth graders just need to show their pass – available online at www.everykidinapark.gov – at a U.S. Forest Service office near you.  If there isn’t a fourth grader in your family, it’s ok – you’re still eligible to buy a national forest tree cutting permit, just contact your nearby national forest!  So make this year’s tree gathering a great family outing on your national forests.

Outdoor Recreation Industry Praises Interior’s Creation of New Recreation Advisory Committee, Appointment of “Recreation Cza

Outdoor Recreation Industry Praises Interior’s Creation of New Recreation Advisory Committee, Appointment of “Recreation Czar”

Rec Industry Reports Strong 2017, Strong Outlook

Recreation Industry Reports Strong 2017, Strong Outlook

Recreational activities continue to be a mainstay of the American lifestyle and economy according to the American Recreation Coalition’s new report Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2018. Outdoor recreation industry leaders report good sales and increased activity for 2017 and project still stronger activity in 2018. According to the Outdoor Industry Association's 2017 report: The Outdoor Recreation Economy, Americans spend more than $887 billion annually on equipment ranging from skis and tents to RVs and boats and on services ranging from fishing licenses to zip lines, supporting millions of jobs in manufacturing, sales and service.

Recreation Leaders Talk Strategy on Infrastructure, Fees and Outreach

Recreation Leaders Talk Strategy on Infrastructure, Fees and Outreach

Recreation leaders gathered on October 16 to hear key Administration, Congressional and private sector insiders assess prospects for success on key recreation initiatives.  The American Recreation Coalition’s 2017 Fall Recreation Issues Briefing reviewed goals on topics including enhancing and expanding recreation infrastructure, use of recreation fees, public/private partnerships, outreach and marketing and more.

FLREA Generates More Than $400 Million for Public Lands and Waters in FY2017 

FLREA Generates More Than $400 Million for Public Lands and Waters in FY2017

According to new data reported by federal land and water management agencies, recreation fees collected from visitors under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) generated some $410 million in fiscal year 2017, a significant increase from the roughly $375 million generated in 2016.  The American Recreation Coalition has updated its FLREA Infographic (below) to reflect this exciting success story, including where the revenue is spent!

National Parks Need Public-Private Partnerships to Thrive

National Parks Need Public-Private Partnerships to Thrive

Fall is upon us, and that means millions of Americans heading to our public lands and waters to take advantage of cooler temperatures and enjoy healthy, active fun outdoors.  But will modern, world-class experiences be there to greet them?

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