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Rec Leaders Talk Strategy on Infrastructure

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Recreation leaders gathered Oct. 16 to hear key Administration, Congressional and private sector insiders assess prospects for success on key recreation initiatives. The American Recreation Coalition’s 2017 Fall Recreation Issues Briefing reviewed goals on topics including enhancing and expanding recreation infrastructure, use of recreation fees, public/private partnerships, outreach and marketing, and more.

Among the many experts sharing views at the session were:

  • Interior’s Assistant Deputy Secretary (and Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks) Todd Willens
  • Agriculture’s Acting Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Dan Jiron
  • U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources Staff Director Cody Stewart
  • Forest Service Deputy Chief Leslie Weldon

Participants heard insiders share the latest on: recreation prospects from any “infrastructure” opportunities; challenges posed by a tough year for disasters including wildfires and hurricanes; the prognosis for implementing an Administration objective of reducing process and “getting to yes” to boost recreation; and the implications for recreation issues of partisan clashes on topics from tax reform to healthcare.

Participants also gained some counsel on how to present their requests. Much of the advice and information delivered will be posted for recreation community leaders to view through ARC’s website, www.funoutdoors.com.
The first two episodes are now available:

  • Click here for opening comments by Interior’s Todd Willens
  • Click here for opening comments by Agriculture’s Dan Jiron

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