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”

Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2017) – The U.S. Department of the Interior is devoting important new resources to outdoor recreation on America’s public lands and waters. Secretary Ryan Zinke today announced the creation of a Recreation Advisory Committee to help improve visitor experiences through expanded public-private partnerships. The committee will be “dedicated to looking at public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving the infrastructure on public lands.” The Secretary has also appointed former Navy SEAL Captain Rick May as a new Senior Advisor to the Secretary, focusing on outdoor recreation.

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?

Secretary Ryan Zinke Earns High Marks for "A Return to the Conservation Ethic"

Secretary Ryan Zinke Earns High Marks for "A Return to the Conservation Ethic"

Artwork credit: Wall Street Jounal

America’s public lands and waters can be a unifying force across the country. No one understands that better than Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who is getting high marks for the speed and scope of his departmental overhaul, aimed at increasing public access to America’s treasured places.

Where Are All the Young Boaters?

Where Are All the Young Boaters?

Where are all the young boaters/campers/hunters/skiers/and more? That’s a question many people in the outdoor recreation industry have been asking for years. A new article in the October/November issue of BoatU.S. Magazine by freelance writer Fiona McGlynn has the surprising answer about young boaters: they’re on the water, just like their parents.

Get Outdoors This Weekend with National Public Lands Day and Bike Your Park Day!

Get Outdoors This Weekend with National Public Lands Day and Bike Your Park Day!

Fall is finally here, and that means it’s time to enjoy those cooler temperatures and get outdoors! There’s no better time to experience the wonderful recreation opportunities on America’s public lands and waters than this Saturday (September 30), which happens to be National Public Lands Day (NPLD) and Bike Your Park Day!

U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee Focuses on Welcoming the Next Generation to National Parks

U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee Focuses on Welcoming the Next Generation to National Parks

The next generation of park visitors was recently in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks held a hearing September 27 titled Encouraging the Next Generation to Visit National Parks. Federal agencies, partner organizations, leading technology companies and more – including ARC members AccessParks and NIC, Inc. – provided insights into how the National Park Service can build partnerships and leverage technology to attract younger visitors and improve their experiences on America’s public lands and waters.

Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting and Fishing Month

Secretary Zinke Declares October National Hunting and Fishing Month

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has officially declared October 2017 as National Hunting and Fishing Month at the Department! The declaration comes just days before National Hunting and Fishing Day – held every year on September 23. “Hunters and anglers are the backbone of wildlife and habitat conservation in America, ​and they contribute billions of dollars to conservation,” said Secretary Zinke. “From my perspective, the more sportsmen we have in the woods and waters, the better our wildlife and land will be. Formally recognizing the contributions of hunters and anglers to wildlife and habitat conservation is long overdue."