Learn how outdoor recreation policy is set in America today


  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Forest Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Federal Highway Admin.
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • The Recreation Roundtable
  • (quoted from Partners Outdoor IX conference overview)

    For the past eight years, The Recreation Roundtable, the Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management have joined together to co-host partnership building workshops in Florida. Sponsorship has expanded and now includes seven federal agencies. Leaders from federal agencies and recreation companies have participated in candid and intense sessions -- which have proved successful in increasing the flow-of ideas for cooperation between the public and private sectors and resulted in more than two dozen concrete recommendations for joint actions. After specific opportunities for partnerships had been outlined, potential barriers identified and strategies developed, action groups were created to achieve progress in fields ranging from personnel exchanges to teaching urban youth about the outdoors; from recreation opportunity information systems to combined environmental education initiatives.

    Participants in all eight Partners Outdoors unanimously called for continuation of the program. Partners Outdoors IX will be held January 11-14, 2000 in Orlando, Florida at Disney's Contemporary Resort. The conference will further discuss opportunities for for-profit corporations and federal agencies to cooperate more regularly in meeting the outdoor recreation needs of the American public and visitors from overseas. Participants will consider ways to stimulate additional partnerships at the regional and local levels in the year ahead. For further information, contact The Recreation Roundtable at 202-682-9530.


  • Career Development Exchange Program

  • (An ARC member corporation describes this cozy relationship in which federal employees and private sector special interest groups discuss ways to service their common customers. From Partners Outdoors IV.)

  • Partners Outdoors VII

  • (This document, obtained through FOIA, reveals the back room dealings involving federal agencies and Disney, ARC and other Recreation Roundtable companies.)

  • Partners Outdoors VIII - Summary Report

  • (Five page review of the key accomplishments resulting from the 1999 Partners Outdoors VIII meeting. Extremely informative.)

  • BLM Participation at Partners Outdoors VIII

  • (The Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, National Park Service, and other federal agencies attend ARC's 1998 conference at Disneyworld.)

  • Résumés of Partners Outdoors IX participants

  • (Learn the interests and backgrounds of the 100 or so participants at the January 2000 Partners Outdoors meeting.)

  • Partners Outdoors - A Tradition of Action (10/99)

  • (This is a boastful document in which the many achievements of Partners Outdoors are listed. These programs should be carefully watch-dogged.)

  • Partners Outdoors X - Summary Report

  • (Great Information. This 28 page document is provided in PDF format by the BLM and is the next best thing to having attended this very private meeting.)

  • Partners Outdoors X - Recreation Funding

  • (Public and Private Sector participants develop strategy for "Funding Quality Public Lands and Waters Recreation Programs for the 21st Century.")

  • Partners Outdoors X - Fee Demonstration Phase Two Proposal

  • (The American Recreation Coalition's lays out the direction for federal agencies to follow regarding recreation user fees. ARC proposes the creation of a Phase Two Demonstration, authorized until September 2004.)

  • Partners Outdoors X - Phase Two Legislation

  • (This is the legislative language created by the American Recreation Coalition and presented to Federal employees at the Partners Outdoors X meeting.)

  • Partners Outdoors X - New Legislation Explained

  • (Three specific provisions in ARC's new Fee-Demo legislation were explained by ARC in depth.)


    This document was prepared by Wild Wilderness. To learn more about ongoing industry-backed congressional efforts to motorize, commercialize, and privatize America's public lands, contact:

    Scott Silver, Executive Director,
    Wild Wilderness
    248 NW Wilmington Avenue,  Bend  OR 97701
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