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Outdoor Alliance Releases Final Report from Partnership Summit

Tania Lown-Hecht

This week, Outdoor Alliance released the final report from the Outdoor Alliance Partnership Summit, held December 2011 in Golden, CO. 

Thanks to the insights and enthusiasm of all the distinguished attendees, the Summit produced a wealth of information. Our study of 19 effective partnerships between Federal land managers and the human powered outdoor recreation community proved that there are keys to these successes - keys that can unlock more partnerships. 

In the report, we outline four Best Partnership Practices and a handful of recommendations to support existing relationships and to build new partnerships. The report gives snapshots of the 19 case studies, and also includes a comprehensive appendix of notes and supporting materials from the Summit.

The report will serve as a valuable tool for both land managers and their partners from the outdoor recreation community.

For a press release about the report, please click here.

For the version of the report, click here.

"The Outdoor Alliance Partnership Summit was a true watershed event that highlighted the catalytic role public-private partnerships play in effectively managing our cherished public lands. We examined and celebrated best partnership practices and reaffirmed that hiking, paddling, biking, snowshoeing, climbing and other sustainable outdoor recreation pursuits build the human spirit, improve physical fitness and increase environmental awareness."

-Greg Miller, President, American Hiking Society

"I first approached a land management agency in 1989 about the possibility of building some new trails on public lands. I was simply told no. End of discussion. In the last few years, and especially with the Partnership Summit, I have seen a complete change. Now the agencies I work with are reaching out and offering assistance. We value our relationships with our local land managers and can honestly say that they value us just as much."

-Dave Wiens, Director of Gunnison Trails, Mountain Bike Hall of Famer and Summit attendee