ARC Urges Senate Action to Aid Great Outdoors Visitors


Washington, D.C. (September 16, 2015) – The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) has submitted testimony to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee expressing its support for the reauthorization and modification of the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA). The committee will hold a hearing September 17 on FLREA which can be watched here

FLREA – enacted in 2004 – authorizes the collection and retention of entrance and recreation fees for most of the major federal recreation providers: Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service. While management of recreation on our federal lands remains funded primarily by appropriations of general funds, FLREA supplements those appropriations with more than $300 million annually in entrance and campground fees and other recreation-related charges.

Every Kid in a Park

Administration Launches Every Kid in a Park Pass
Fourth Graders Can Now Obtain Pass that Grants Free Access to Federal Lands and Waters Nationwide for them and their Family

WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration today formally launched the new Every Kid in a Park program.

Starting today, fourth graders nationwide can visit the new Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a pass that provides free access to students and their families to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the 2015-2016 school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

2015 Recreation Issues Forum


Taking the Path to Success on Great Outdoors Issues

October 14, 2015

Key recreation community leaders serving as issue advocates will lead a series of conversations with invited Congressional staffers from both parties with the goal of achieving successful legislative action on key recreation issues during the 114th Congress.

9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

2247 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

Discussion topic to include:

Reauthorization of FLREA and the Land & Water Conservation Fund

Great Outdoors Month 2015 Proclamations

June is a special time to celebrate America’s Great Outdoors. National leaders for years have issued proclamations recognizing this month as Great Outdoors Month, a time when America celebrates its natural treasures. This recognition highlights the benefits of active fun outdoors in our magnificent shared resources of forests, parks, refuges, and other public lands and waters. Proclamations generate widespread media attention, encouraging millions of American families to move outside, and prompting public discussion of important issues linked to outdoor recreation, including volunteerism, health, and outdoor ethics.

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

NPS Centennial to Include Youth Outreach, Backlog Reduction

This news release is also available as a PDF here.

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 3, 2015) – President Barack Obama used his FY2016 budget request to outline plans to keep parks relevant to an increasingly urban and diverse nation and to invite all Americans to help support their parks. His requests include $20 million annually to transport over a million urban youth to national parks and public lands, with dedicated youth coordinators to welcome them and their families, and a significant increase in the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge program, which leverages federal spending at least 1:1 with contributions and partner funding and helps reduce the large NPS deferred-maintenance backlog.

ARC at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

ARC President at Missouri Governor's Natural Resources Conference

This news release is also available as a PDF here.

Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2014) - American Recreation Coalition President Derrick Crandall addressed some 400 state conservation and recreation leaders gathered at the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Natural Resources in Springfield, Missouri, on November 12 and 13. Crandall spoke at two concurrent sessions held the first day on “Connecting People to Resources Through Recreation” and keynoted the second day’s general session with a presentation titled “Now Is the Time: Action to Seize the Incredible Opportunities Offered by Missouri's Great Outdoors.”