The American Recreation Coalition and the Forest Service have partnered up yet again. As part of ARC's upcoming Great Outdoors Lobby Week, on June 14th in Washington DC they will launch "National Get Outdoors Day". Many will see only the mask.
So let me be plain about this. Public lands recreation policy was captured by the ARC in the early 90s and the USFS dances to the industry's drum beat. The ARC is anathema to the cause of Wild Wilderness and our respect for the USFS is at a nadir. This new public-private campaign puts a smiley-faced mask in front of ARC's ugly face. I'm asking people to look behind the mask.
National Get Outdoors Day is the latest PR campaign of an unholy public-private alliance. The mission of the campaign has little to do with its stated purpose.
During Great Outdoors Week, ARC's wreckreation lobbyists will push their commercialization, privatization, motorization agenda. They will bestow honors upon federal employees who have served them unusually well. This year's recipient of their highest honor will be Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne.
Now with that introduction, please browse the list of organizations that have lined up in support National Get Outdoors Day (see below). On it you will find several of ARC's closest allies such as National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, Americans for Responsible Recreational Access, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, ReserveAmerica, National Ski Areas Association and Tread Lightly. You will also find the names of all of this nation's federal public land management agencies.
You will also find on this same list the names of organizations not normally associated with anti-environmental causes. Have some these organizations made a mistake? Or are some of us possibly mistaken in our own estimation of some of these groups??
PS... I encourage people to go to the official National Get Outdoors
Day website and to click upon the link at the bottom of the page — the link which says
"Brought to you by..."
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Seeking 100 Sites and Diverse Partnerships
Participants from dozens of federal agencies and non-profit
organizations and the recreation industry gathered in Washington to
launch National Get Outdoors Day, a new annual event to encourage
healthy, active outdoor fun. On June 14, 2008, and each June
thereafter, these partners will offer sites for American families to
experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities.
Prime goals of the day are reaching first-time visitors to public lands
and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.
Earlier this month, the USDA Forest Service (FS) and the American
Recreation Coalition (ARC) jointly outlined plans for National Get
Outdoors Day at the Outdoor Recreation Village at this year’s Super
Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. ARC President Derrick Crandall opened the
National Get Outdoors Day Coalition meeting with a video about the
Village, which drew an estimated 100,000 visitors. He noted that the
Outdoor Recreation Village served as a testing ground for the National
Get Outdoors Day concept. “We have a Super Bowl quality team in place.
We may not know all the plays yet, but we have excellent talent. We can
win back the hearts and minds of American kids to the Great Outdoors,”
National Get Outdoors Day is an outgrowth of the Get Outdoors USA!
campaign, which encourages Americans, especially our youth, to seek out
healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, refuges
and other public lands and waters. Working with the FS, Get Outdoors
USA! hosted six recreation forums and learned that public lands were
missing the right triggers to capture the attention of today’s youth.
ARC and the FS have each pledged $100,000 to the initial National Get
Outdoors Day effort.
Jacqueline Emanuel of the FS emphasized her organization’s goal to
reach the under- served public and first -time outdoor recreationists
through new and diverse partners. FS Director of Recreation, Heritage
and Volunteers Jim Bedwell echoed Ms. Emanuel’s comments, “We are all
in this together. It is important that National Get Outdoors Day is not
just the Forest Service, but all of the federal agencies.” Participants
were invited to join the National Coordinating Committee and to take
part in one or more of the initial action task forces: Site
Identification; Partner Recruitment; Communications; and Event Support.
National Get Outdoors Day
American Recreation Coalition
U.S. Forest Service
National Get Outdoors Day
America's Byways Resource Center
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association
The Coleman Company
National Get Outdoors Day
Allegheny Outdoor Club
Allstate Specialty Product Lines
American Camping Association
American Hiking Society
American Horse Council
American Land and Leisure
American Quarterhorse Association
Americans for Responsible Access
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Association of Nature Center Administrators
Bass Pro Shops
Best Outdoor Activities Magazine
Boy Scouts of America
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
C.A.S.T. for Kids
California Land Management
California RV Dealers
Camp Fire USA
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
City of Thornton/ Thornton, Colorado
Dillon Nature Center
Get Outdoors Georgia, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Girl Scouts of America
Good Sam Club
Idaho Division of Tourism Development
International Mountain Biking Association
Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
Kids Outdoors Magazine
KOA, Kampgrounds of America, Inc.
Leave No Trace
Louisiana State Parks
Maine Department of Conservation
Missouri Department of Natural Resources
National Association of State Park Directors
National Forest Foundation
National Forest Recreation Association
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
National Outdoor Leadership School
National Park Service
National Recreation and Parks Association
National Resources Conservation Service
National Ski Areas Association
National Wildlife Federation
National Youth Marine Alliance
Nevada Division of State Parks
Outdoor Industry Association
Outward Bound Wilderness
Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators
Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and State Parks
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
Recreation Vehicle Industry Association
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
Roots & Shoots
Salt River Tubing & Recreation
San Bernardino National Forest Association
Schrader Environmental Education Center
Seaway Trails, Inc.
Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Take Pride in America
The Corps Network
The Henry Ford
TOUR of the Red River Gorge
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
USA Freedom Corps
W.O.W. Wonderful Outdoor World