Administration Budget targets LWCF, State Grants and GOMESA

The Trump administration would scale back significantly on new federal land acquisitions and revenue-sharing partnerships with states, while seeking new oil and drilling opportunities in the Arctic, under its fiscal 2018 Interior budget proposal unveiled today ( 5-23-17 ). The White House has requested $11.7 billion for Interior in fiscal 2018. That’s slightly more than […]

New Economic Impacts of Outdoor Recreation by state released

Follow the link to the new economic impact data released by the Outdoor Industry Association.  Total impacts are 887 Billion annually and the report list it by state. https://outdoorindustry.org/advocacy/

Breaking News – 3-27-17 House Members Support Significant LWCF Funding

More than 200 House Democrats and Republicans are urging “robust” funding for a major land and water conservation program set to expire in fiscal 2018. The lawmakers, including 36 Republicans, are asking appropriators to ensure that all the programs under the Land and Water Conservation Fund “receive strong and consistent support in FY 2018 in order to […]

New Senate LWCF legislation introduced!!

WASHINGTON, DC – A bipartisan group of 22 Senators, led by Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), today introduced legislation ( S 569 ) to fully fund and permanently authorize America’s most important conservation and recreation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  The bill, the ‘‘Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding […]

NASORLO Annual Meeting, Downtown Marriott, Little Rock AR, October 18-20, 2017

The 2017 NASORLO annual meeting is scheduled for downtown Little Rock, AR. There are many opportunities for observing one of the most vibrant downtowns in all of America with plenty of parks, recreation and trails readily available for use. In addition, the Clinton Library and the Little Rock High School National Historic Site are nearby. […]

Senator Alexander supports state grants and calls for a new outdoor recreation commission

Here is a video clip of Senator Lamar Alexander commenting during the DOI Interior Secretary hearing and promoting state and local grants while suggesting a new Commission on the Outdoors might be a possibility..  Go to.. https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4648573/commission-americans-outdoors

Campaign to make LWCF permanent cranked up ( in new Congress )

The politics are complicated but Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) took a first step January 12 toward permanent authorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  The law is presently authorized through September 30, 2018.  Legislation to make LWCF permanent almost made it over the finish line in December in an omnibus energy bill.  But […]

New Report – Three Year Plan for National Inventory of all parks and protected areas !!

A new report sets out a three year plan to complete PAD-US (the Protected Areas Database of the U.S.), the official national spatial inventory of every public park and protected natural area in the United States.  The report, Completing America’s Inventory of Public Parks and Protected Areas (November 2016), is available in summary and detailed […]

Map shows the value of LWCF to our National Parks

The following article and map from the Center for Western Priorities through an online GIS mapping service shows how National Parks have benefited from the federal LWCF land acquisition program. http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=189380444a834ec69c45d834d9f29357

Outdoor Recreation 2017 Report

Positive Outlook for Outdoor Recreation in 2017 Courtesy of the American Recreation Coalition Outdoor recreation contributes $650 billion to the American economy, and supports tens of millions of jobs. According to ARC’s new report: Outdoor Recreation Outlook 2017, those numbers are only expected to grow. Most components of the recreation industry reported significant gains in […]