Park Prescriptions Help South Dakotans Get Outdoors at Their State Parks

Park Prescriptions Help South Dakotans Get Outdoors at Their State Parks

A growing number of health professionals recognize active outdoor fun as an effective remedy to the health threat posed by Americans’ sedentary lifestyles. Doctors in South Dakota are putting this new remedy to work by prescribing a free day at any state park, recreation area, or nature area as part of the South Dakota Park Prescription Project!

Great Outdoors Month® 2017: A Great Success!

Great Outdoors Month® 2017: A Great Success!

Recreation Industry Leaders Thank Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., Suggest Continued Partnership

Recreation Industry Leaders Thank Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr., Suggest Continued Partnership

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) expressed its appreciation to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr. for meeting with recreation industry leaders on July 27. Secretary Ross and ORIR members met to discuss how outdoor recreation can expand and document its already sizable impact on the American economy.

U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

U.S. Senate Acts Unanimously on Great Outdoors Month®!

The U.S. Senate has unanimously designated June 2017 “Great Outdoors Month!” Action on Senate Resolution 199 was delayed beyond June by contentious debate over issues like healthcare, but active outdoor fun on America’s public lands and waters continues to enjoy bipartisan support. The resolution was introduced by Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), and was cosponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). Read the full resolution here.

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 27. Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs, and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry.

David Bernhardt Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Interior by U.S. Senate

David Bernhardt Confirmed as Deputy Secretary of the Interior by U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate voted 53-43 on July 24 to confirm David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Deputy Secretary serves as the Department’s Chief Operating Officer. Bernhardt has previously held several senior positions at Interior, including Solicitor, the Department’s third-ranking position, following unanimous Senate confirmation in 2006.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Touts Increased Partnerships, Celebrates American-Made Products

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Touts Increased Partnerships, Celebrates American-Made Products

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2017) – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other senior federal officials met with representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at the U.S. Department of the Interior today to discuss how the use of public-private partnerships can help improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Touts Increased Partnerships, Celebrates American-Made Products

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Touts Increased Partnerships, Celebrates American-Made Products

Photo credit: Tami Heilemann

Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2017) – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and other senior federal officials met with representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at the U.S. Department of the Interior today to discuss how the use of public-private partnerships can help improve visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters.

Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds
Program channels boater taxes into user facility improvements

YORKTOWN, Va., July 7, 2017 – In a ceremony held today in Yorktown, Virginia, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke shared a $14.7 million check with Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Vice President Heather Lougheed, who accepted on behalf of America’s recreational boaters. The amount represents 2017-18 funding for the federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (B.I.G.) program, which funnels user taxes paid by boaters to develop transient boating projects.

Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

Secretary Zinke Releases Boating Infrastructure Grant Funds

(L to R) BoatUS Government Affairs Program Coordinator Morgan Neuhoff, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, BoatUS Vice President Public Affairs Scott Croft, and BoatUS Vice President Membership Heather Lougheed

YORKTOWN, Va., July 7, 2017 – In a ceremony held today in Yorktown, Virginia, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke shared a $14.7 million check with Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) Vice President Heather Lougheed, who accepted on behalf of America’s recreational boaters. The amount represents 2017-18 funding for the federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (B.I.G.) program, which funnels user taxes paid by boaters to develop transient boating projects. The Secretary and BoatUS also urged municipal marinas, private marinas and boat and yacht clubs to consider applying for available funds by the Sept. 11, 2017 deadline.

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