EXCEPTIONALLY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT!
First few pages copied from original by Wild Wilderness:

96-CCS-164

CHALLENGE COST-SHARE AGREEMENT

between

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-FOREST SERVICE

and

THE AMERICAN RECREATION COALITION

This Challenge Cost-Share Agreement is hereby made and entered into by and between the American Recreation Coalition, hereinafter referred to as the Challenger, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, hereinafter referred to as the Forest Service, under the provisions of the Interior and Related Agencies Act of 1992, P.L. 102-154 Challenge Cost-Share authority.

I. PURPOSE:

The purpose of this Agreement is to cooperatively implement the recreation user fee demonstration project, authorized by the fiscal year 1996 Interior Appropriations measure, in order to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities on Federal public lands.

II. STATEMENT OF MUTUAL BENEFITS AND INTEREST

The Challenger is a non-profit organization that strives to catalyze public/private partnerships to enhance and protect outdoor recreational opportunities and the resources upon which such experiences take place. The Challenger conducts research on a regular basis, organizes and conducts national conferences, and meetings, and disseminates information through a variety of newsletters, columns, and other mediums regarding recreation needs and initiatives. The Challenger also monitors legislative and regulatory proposals that influence recreation and works with Government agencies and the U.S. Congress to study public policy issues that will shape future recreational opportunities.

The Forest Service has a continuing need to ensure the public has access to outdoor recreation opportunities. Therefore, it is mutually beneficial for both the Challenger and the Forest Service to work cooperatively in order to provide information concerning the existence of the recreation user fee demonstration project and the opportunities offered to the recreation community. In consideration of the above premises, the parties hereto agree as follows:

III. THE CHALLENGER SHALL:

1. Prepare a joint news release targeted at specific recreation groups to be released by August 1996.

2. Prepare a fact sheet that explains the purpose and desired results of the recreation user fee demonstration project.

3. Prepare a press kit explaining the recreation user fee demonstration fee project.

4. Prepare a booklet detailing the recreation user fee demonstration project.

5. Create a presentation and workshop for Partners Outdoors 6 (PO6) designed specifically to begin facilitating public/private partnerships at the local level.

6. Develop a set of Challenger guidelines for local partnership development based on the results of the PO6 workshop.

7. Initiate three regional meetings -- Eastern, Mountain, West Coast -- to evaluate the guidelines developed at PO6 and initiate support teams for specific demonstration sites. Meeting participants would include officials from participating national forests and potential private sector partners.

8. Develop a local partnership kit, including the guidelines developed at PO6 and through regional meetings.

9. Serve as a liaison between participating national forests and potential private sector participants, including assistance in providing managers with needed expertise.

10. Create a presentation to be used during the next two Partners Outdoors Fairs to communicate to congressional delegation and staff the importance and benefits of the recreation fee demonstration project.

11. Develop talking points for Forest Service and recreation community leaders that can serve as the basis for speeches and presentations on the recreation user fee demonstration fee project.

12. Design and construct a display(s) for use at meetings, shows, special events, and high traffic locations.

13. Produce a quarterly Challenger newsletter designed to keep agency officials, private industry partners, potential partners, and the American Recreation Coalition membership abreast of the progress of the recreation user fee demonstration project.

14. Design a system to monitor recreation user satisfaction with the recreation user fee demonstration project and to encourage suggestions from the public.

15. Discuss with the Forest Service adaptive management strategies regarding fees based on observations regarding the implementation process.

16. Produce an annual report using results from the monitoring system, newsletter, consultation with Forest Service field representatives, and user survey to determine and describe the success of the recreation user fee demonstration project.

IV. THE FOREST SERVICE SHALL:

1. Provide Challenger with all information pertaining to the agency's implementation of the recreation user fee demonstration project, including all components such as sites selected, criteria for selection, information needs, requirements for reporting, agency releases, etc.

2. Provide Challenger with regular updates as to the status of each of the demonstration projects on an ongoing basis.

3. Provide Challenger with contact persons for each demonstration project.

4. Provide Challenger with maps, art work, photographs, videos, etc.. relating to each demonstration project to Challenger.

5. Provide Challenger with copies of the Forest Service's recreation user fee demonstration project implementation plan and will engage Challenger with input and recommendations to ensure each party is achieving success in communicating the purposes and benefits of the recreation user fee demonstration project.

6. Provide Challenger with local, regional, and national Forest Service recreation officials to discuss, consult, and collaborate with Challenger, private sector Partners, media, etc.. in order to successfully complete all facets of the Challenge Cost-Share Agreement.

7. Provide direct and complete access to the Forest Service recreation, heritage, and wilderness leadership.

V. IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD BY AND BETWEEN THE SAID PARTNERS THAT: ....

.... Signed:

Derrick Crandall, President, American Recreation Coalition (8/14/96)

Gray F. Reynolds, Deputy Chief, NFS, USDA, Forest Service (9/5/96)


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