New Economic Impact Numbers for Outdoor Recreation – Feb 2018

On Wednesday ( Feb 14th ) , the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released numbers detailing the economic power of the outdoor recreation industry, showing it comprises 2 percent ($373.7 billion) of the entire 2016 U.S. Gross Domestic Product.It’s an impressive figure puts it on the scale  like construction (4.3 percent); legal services (1.3 percent); […]

2018 Annual Conference – Manchester, NH. Oct 9-12

The New Hampshire Division of State Parks and Recreation will host the 2018 Annual Meeting of NASORLO.  They have chosen Manchester, NH and the downtown Radisson Hotel as the site for our meeting.  You can learn more about the hotel by going to  https://manchesterdowntownhotel.com/ In addition, we will tour LWCF state parks nearby and visit […]

City Parks Alliance – Mayors for Parks List

The following are the 45 Mayors who make up the Mayors for Parks Coalition.  This group seeks to encourage funding for parks in urban and metropolitan parks and work closely with NRPA, NASPD and NASORLO through the City Parks Alliance and other state LWCF Coalition partners.  They are actively seeking other city mayors to join […]

Find out the Economic Impact of Local Parks Here !!

Here are key findings from research conducted by NRPA and the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University for the Economic Impact of Local Parks Report. ****************************************************************************************************************************** America’s local park and recreation agencies generated $154 billion in economic activity in 2015, nearly $81 billion in value added and more than 1.1 million jobs that boosted […]

NASORLO LWCF and GOMESA Advocacy Tool Kit

The following are materials to be used to determine the official position of the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers ( NASORLO ) related to the State Assistance Program of the LWCF, GOMESA allocations and re-authorization of LWCF. Congressional handout 2018 final LWCF Resolution Summary of NASORLO Positions on LWCF and GOMESA NGA […]

Park Champions Materials and Information to use

Here are materials to use related to the NRPA Park Champions local parks advocacy effort.  A program NASORLO strongly supports. Park Champion website Park Champion Advocacy Toolkit NRPA fact sheets and resources    (note that we are in the process of updating and redesigning all fact sheets) Park Champions PP presentation Oct. 19th

Congress Considering Reforms to Conservation and Recreation Funding

Article by Jeff Stockdale, director of legislative affairs, Council of State Governments E Newsletter August 2017. In 1964, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, “to assist the States and Federal agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation demands and needs of the American people.” Since the program’s inception, this powerful […]

Brief Summary of LWCF Re-authorization Bills – Aug 2017

The LWCF’s authorization expired in 2015 before Congress included a three-year reauthorization through Sept. 30, 2018, as part of the fiscal year 2016 omnibus spending package. With the program’s sunset nearing, competing proposals have been introduced in the House and Senate to both reauthorize and reform the LWCF. Those bills are below: S. 896 – A […]

Brief – Up to Date History of the LWCF State Assistance Program – Aug 2017

In 1964, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund, or LWCF, “to assist the States and Federal agencies in meeting present and future outdoor recreation demands and needs of the American people.” Since the program’s inception, this powerful conservation tool has helped preserve thousands of acres across all 50 states. The two main purposes […]

OIA Releases 50 State Outdoor Recreation Economy Reports

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released the state-level Outdoor Recreation Economy Report featuring economic data for all 50 states across the United States, the largest and most comprehensive state-by-state report of its kind. The data underscores a growing economic force that generates billions in consumer spending and creates millions of good-paying, American jobs in communities across the country. […]