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We work on policy, access, and conservation issues related to outdoor recreation. If you’re interested in connecting with Outdoor Alliance staff or policy expert, please contact:

Tania Lown-Hecht 202-780-9650 EMAIL

Colorado’s Public Lands Day Bill Recognizes the Value of the Outdoors

Tania Lown-Hecht

Outdoor Alliance and Outdoor Industry Association commend Colorado’s landmark Public Lands Day Bill

 

(Boulder, CO) May 17, 2016 – Today, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will sign into law Colorado’s Public Lands Day bill, which will establish the third Saturday in May as a holiday to celebrate the state’s public land. The bill’s summary states that it intends to recognize “the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.”

The Public Lands Day bill is the first of its kind, and it repudiates recent efforts in Colorado and across the West to seize, privatize, or sell off public lands.

“Public lands are a priceless component of our Colorado identity, and it’s heartening to see our elected representatives recognizing how important public lands are to Colorado’s way of life,” said Nathan Fey, director of Colorado’s River Stewardship Program and member of Outdoor Alliance Colorado, a regional coalition of outdoor recreation advocacy groups in the state.

In Colorado, outdoor recreation generates $13.2 billion dollars in consumer spending, supporting 125,000 jobs. "A poll we released last fall showed that more than 80 percent of Coloradans believe public lands have a positive impact on our quality of life, our economy, and opportunities for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in our state,” said Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, local recreation advocacy manager for Outdoor Industry Association. “It's great to see our elected officials honor those widely held sentiments by creating a day to celebrate our rich public lands heritage.”

Advocates for public lands and outdoor recreation in the state commended the bill. Jason Bertolacci, Colorado and Wyoming region director for International Mountain Bicycling Association, said: “Outdoor Alliance Colorado is grateful for the bill’s sponsors and the hard work of many supporters to ensure the passage of this legislation.”

“Colorado has some of the most inspiring public lands in the U.S., and the state has been a leader in protecting and celebrating outdoor experiences. The Public Lands Day bill is a clear sign that Colorado values and wants to safeguard its incredible natural resources,” said Maria Millard, policy director for the American Alpine Club, which is a member of Outdoor Alliance Colorado.

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Outdoor Alliance

Outdoor Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of organizations that include American Whitewater, American Canoe Association, Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Mountaineers, and American Alpine Club. Outdoor Alliance has regional networks across the west, including Colorado, that brings together local recreation voices to advocate for public lands. Outdoor Alliance unites backcountry skiers, hikers, paddlers, mountain bikers, boaters, and climbers who share a commitment to protecting public lands. For more information, visit outdooralliance.org.

Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, CO, with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1200 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business, market & consumer insights and industry trends. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.

About Outdoor Alliance Colorado

Outdoor Alliance Colorado (OAC) is a statewide partnership that serves as a platform for members to coordinate their efforts to protect public lands, waters and snowscapes, and to ensure these places can be experienced in a meaningful and sustainable manner. Outdoor Alliance Colorado is a regional network of Outdoor Alliance, a national coalition of human-powered outdoor recreation advocacy groups. Members of Outdoor Alliance Colorado include Access Fund, American Alpine Club, American Whitewater, Colorado Mountain Club, and the Colorado Mountain Bike Association (COMBA). Learn more at outdooralliance.org/colorado

Outdoor Industry and Recreation Groups Converge on Washington, D.C.

Tania Lown-Hecht

Outdoor Industry and Recreation Groups Converge on Washington, D.C.

Outdoor Industry Association, The Conservation Alliance, and Outdoor Alliance joining voices to ensure that policymakers hear outdoor recreation loud and clear

(Boulder, CO, Bend, OR and Washington D.C.) April 8, 2016 – Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA), The Conservation Alliance, and Outdoor Alliance will hold their annual advocacy events the week of April 25 in Washington D.C. Together, these three organizations demonstrate the social and economic value of the outdoor industry and outdoor recreation. In the past year, the outdoor recreation community provided critical support to many successful efforts to protect our public lands and waters for recreation. This week, the three organizations will meet with decision makers in Congress and the administration to discuss policies that will grow and strengthen outdoor places and the outdoor recreation economy.

This year has been historic for outdoor recreation, with the release of two pieces of recreation-focused legislation:

Sen. Shaheen (D-NH) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R- CO)’s REC Act, which will measure the contributions of the outdoor economy.

Sen. Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Blumenaur’s (D- OR)’s Recreation Not Red Tape Act, which seeks to improve access and permitting, as well as create an organic designation focused on the recreation value of public lands.

The event brings together outdoor industry leaders; executives from national membership groups representing climbers, paddlers, backcountry skiers, and mountain bikers; and emerging leaders in Washington, D.C. to represent their businesses and to lobby members of Congress and the administration to support industry recreation, trade, and business priorities.

OIA Capitol Summit

Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) will hold the 24th annual Capitol Summit on April 26-27. The outdoor industry played a key role in advancing all initiatives addressed during the 2015 Capitol Summit, such as increased funding for land management agencies and reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Maintaining this momentum on OIA’s trade and recreation agendas is crucial during this election year.

The two-day event provides business executives with insight into the current political landscape, an overview of OIA’s expertise on trade and recreational issues, and a D.C. insiders’ policy briefing and education session. OIA’s government affairs team arranges a full roster of key meetings with members of Congress and administration officials to help participants effectively deliver the message that the outdoor recreation economy is extremely valuable to America and that the outdoor industry depends on the support of its elected officials.

The week of events kicks off with a Climate Change Happy Hour featuring Business

for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) at the Filson retail store in Washington D.C. on Monday (April 25) night and culminates with a Friend of the Industry Reception in the Kennedy Room in the Russel House Building on Wednesday night (April 27).

The Conservation Alliance Conservation Policy and Advocacy Training

The sixth annual Conservation Alliance Conservation Policy and Advocacy Training will be held on April 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The Conservation Alliance staff, board of directors, and representatives from outdoor industry member companies will gather for a two-day meeting that combines one full day of training in conservation policy and one full day of meetings with Congressional and Obama Administration representatives. Many of the projects funded by The Conservation Alliance depend on action by Congress or the Obama Administration. The Conservation Alliance members will use their collective business voice to influence the decisions that impact our public lands and waters.

Outdoor Alliance DC Fly In

Outdoor Alliance will be bringing executives from its seven national membership organizations to Washington, D.C. to educate policymakers about priority issues to the community of nearly 200,000 human-powered outdoor recreation users that the groups represent. The priority issues are defending against the movement to transfer and sell off national public lands and supporting Sen. Wyden’s (D-OR) Recreation Not Red Tape Act, as well as reforming wildfire funding, permanently reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and endorsing the REC Act, which would measure the contributions of the outdoor economy.

 

Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, CO, with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.

Outdoor Alliance

Outdoor Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of organizations that include American Whitewater, American Canoe Association, Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, the Mountaineers, and American Alpine Club.  We are backcountry skiers, hikers, paddlers, mountain bikers, boaters, and climbers who share a commitment to protecting public lands. In uniting our voices, we are building and nurturing a conservation constituency for the 21st century. For more information, visit outdooralliance.org.

The Conservation Alliance

The Conservation Alliance is an organization of outdoor businesses whose collective contributions support grassroots environmental organizations and their efforts to protect wild places where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. Alliance funds have played a key role in protecting rivers, trails, wildlands and climbing areas.

Membership in the Alliance is open to companies representing all aspects of the outdoor industry, including manufacturers, retailers, publishers, mills and sales representatives. The result is a diverse group of businesses whose livelihood depends on protecting our natural environment.

Since its inception in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $16 million to grassroots conservation groups. Alliance funding has helped save more than 45 million acres of wildlands; protect 2,972 miles of rivers; stop or remove 28 dams; designate five marine reserves; and purchase 11 climbing areas.

Washington Recreation Groups Unite to Protect Mountains to Sound Greenway

Tania Lown-Hecht

More than 3,000 citizens sign petition to designate the Greenway as a National Heritage Area

Seattle, WA--A coalition of outdoor recreation groups has collected more than 3,000 signatures calling on Congress to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area.

The signatures were collected between April 15-May 15 and support formally recognizing the 1.5 million-acre outdoor paradise connecting Seattle to Ellensburg as a National Heritage Area.

“Our members have spoken strongly in favour of designating the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area,” said Martinique Grigg, executive director of The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based outdoor education nonprofit. “This move would protect and enhance the incredible climbing, mountaineering and hiking in Seattle’s backyard.”

The Mountains to Sound Greenwayincludes 1,600 miles of trails, the stunning Cascade Crest, excellent whitewater runs, backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, rock climbing and mountain biking. Itconnects rugged alpine peaks, wilderness lakes, and expansive forests to the city and to rural communities through a network of roads, rails, and trails that would be enhanced by a National Heritage Area designation.

The campaign was launched in coordination with Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, a Seattle-based nonprofit that has spent two decades taking care of the Greenway, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. The Greenway National Heritage Area effort has strong, bipartisan support, with champions in Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), as well as hundreds of local business and civic leaders.

“The Greenway provides a playground just minutes from the 15th largest metropolitan area in the nation,” said Amy Brockhaus, Greenway Trust Coalition Director. “The Greenway ensures quality of life that attracts tourism and top employers, keeping the region’s economy strong.”

The National Heritage Area designation will mark the Greenway's place on the map, improve collaboration between businesses and conservation groups, and identify the Greenway as a special place in the state and in the nation.

The coalition of groups supporting the petition include The Mountaineers, Washington Trails Alliance, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Access Fund, and American Whitewater, and was coordinated by Outdoor Alliance, a nonprofit coalition that unites outdoor recreation groups on public land policy.

To learn more about the Greenway, or to lend your help to the campaign, visit http://www.outdooralliance.org/mountains-to-sound.

About Outdoor Alliance

Outdoor Alliance is a nonprofit coalition of organizations that include American Whitewater, American Canoe Association, Access Fund, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and the Mountaineers.  We are backcountry skiers, hikers, paddlers, mountain bikers, boaters, and climbers who share a commitment to protecting public lands. In uniting our voices, we are building and nurturing a conservation constituency for the 21st century.

About the Greenway Trust

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is the 1.5 million-acre landscape connecting Puget Sound and central Washington. The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the Greenway, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, preserve rural lifestyles, teach people of all ages about forests and wildlife, and mobilize thousands of volunteers to care for the landscape.

 

American Alpine Club Joins Outdoor Alliance Coalition

Tania Lown-Hecht

The American Alpine Club (AAC) has joined as an official partner of Outdoor Alliance, a coalition that unites the outdoor recreation community to protect public lands. As a member organization of the coalition, the AAC will strengthen its voice in the national conversation about human-powered recreation on public lands, helping to secure climbing access for its members.

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