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Governors Look to Boost Western Recreation, Tourism Economies

  • The West's Competitive Advantage: Landscapes, Open Lands and Unique History
  • Connecting Kids and Families to the West's Great Outdoors
  • Managing the Region's Recreation Assets

"I launched the Get Out West! initiative when I became Chair of Western Governors' Association last year as a means  to both examine and celebrate outdoor recreation and tourism across the West,"  Gregoire said.   "I want to thank all those who contributed so much time and effort in their research and in developing these reports."

The Advisory Group's main conclusion is that for the West to remain the best place for outdoor recreation and tourism, the Governors should embrace policies that facilitate the growth of these industries and maintain and improve the lands and waters, trails and other infrastructure that make the West a great place to visit and play.

"Western Governors thank the Advisory Committee members for their hard work. Each of us will examine these recommendations to see how we can put them to use in our states," said Gov. Gary Herbert (Utah), WGA Vice Chairman.

Western Governors have already taken action on a number of the recommendations from the Advisory Group:

  • In December 2011, the Governors adopted a resolution encouraging the federal government to streamline and improve the tourist visa application experience and wait time for approval to visit the U.S.  They also adopted a resolution encouraging the use of the conservation corps to do construction and maintenance of recreation assets on public lands.
  • Yesterday Western Governors and the outdoor recreation industry released a joint report,  A Snapshot of the Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation, which found the economic contribution of outdoor recreation in the nation in 2011 was $645.6 billion of which $255.6 billion was in Western states.

Today the Governors launched a pilot program in several Western states for a Youth Outdoor Recreation Outreach Coordinator (YOuROC).

In the fall of 2012 and early 2013, WGA and its recreation industry partners plan to announce economic information on a state-by-state basis.

Get Out West! Advisory Group:

Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director, Great Outdoors ColoradoJohn Binkley, President, Alaska Cruise Association
Harry Bruell, President & CEO, Southwest Conservation Corps
Jeff Chapman, Member of Board of Directors, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington and of Washington Trails Association
Mike Collins, Vice President, Public Affairs, REI
Adam Cramer, General Counsel and Policy Architect, Outdoor Alliance
Derrick A. Crandall, President, American Recreation Coalition
Jeri Duran, Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce
Ben Ellis, Director, Alaska State Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Russ Ehnes, Executive Director, National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
George Harris, President, Northwest Marine Trade Association
Julie Heizer, Deputy Director for Industry Relations, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, International Trade dministration
Frank Hugelmeyer, President & CEO, Outdoor Industry Association
Robin Jennison, Secretary, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism
Aubrey C. King, Executive Director, Western States Tourism Policy Council
Ashley Korenblat, CEO, Western Spirit Cycling, Director, International Mountain Bicycling Association Public Lands Initiative
Martin LeBlanc, Mission Outdoors Director, Sierra Club, Executive Vice-President, IslandWood School
Rue Mapp, Youth Investment Program Officer, Stewardship Council
Lori McCullough, Executive Director, Tread Lightly!, Inc.
Nancy Merrill, Director, Idaho Parks and Recreation
Eleanor Morris, Policy Associate, The Nature Conservancy
Sandy Pantlick, Director, Oklahoma Travel Promotion
Nathan Rafferty, President and CEO, Ski Utah
Sherry L. Rupert, Board Member and Treasurer, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
Mark Rupp, Director, Washington State - WDC Office
Andy Treharne, Western States Manager, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation
Will Shafroth, Councilor to the Secretary, America's Great Outdoors, Department of the Interior
Amanda Smith, Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Diane Shober, Director, Wyoming Office of Tourism
Kathy Van Kleeck, Senior VP, Government Relations --  Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA), Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA)
Claudia Vecchio, Director, Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs
Esther Worker, Education Account Manager, Esri


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UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS TO LOBBY for RTP IN WASHINGTON DC

UFWDA will be joining over a dozen other recreational organizations to help ensure this critically important program is continued without interruption or degradation of the program.  Activities include meetings with several Legislators and their Staff to inform them of the importance the “user-pay, user-benefit” RTP Program has had across the country.  UFWDA  are seeking meetings with the following key legislators, or their staff, on RTP - Rep. Candice Miller (R-Michigan), Rep. Don Young, (R-Alaska), Rep. Heath Schuler (D-NC), Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), Rep, Michael Michaud, (D-ME), Rep. Tim Johnson, (R-IL).  Millions of dollars annually are returned to the States for use improving their motorized and non-motorized trail systems, utilizing the fuel taxes paid by recreationist use of motor vehicles off-highway.

When considering recreation, RTP is one of the nation’s most beneficial programs ever devised.  Please watch for future press releases by UFWDA about this critical topic.  UFWDA anticipates a need for grass-roots supporters to contact their Representatives in the very near future if we are going to rectify the current RTOP funding issues.

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United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA) is the leading representative for four wheel drive enthusiasts. UFWDA is a group of individuals, clubs, state, regional, provincial and national associations and businesses in the United States and around the world; our members span the globe from the U.S. and Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England, Japan, South Africa, and Iceland. If you would like more information on how you can be a part of this effort, contact United Four Wheel Drive Associations today at 1-800-448-3932 or visit www.ufwda.org .

 

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Yet Another Lawsuit Threatens Colorado Trail Access - Recreation Groups Respond

"We have attempted to form meaningful partnerships with diverse interests, including the hunting and angling community.  Active, effective management should be our common goal, not courtroom posturing," said John Bongiovanni, a COHVCO Director.

The lawsuit is in its initial stages.  The Forest Service's answer is due on February 7, 2012.  The schedule for presenting the merits of the case has not yet been established.

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PAPA is a regional recreation group that supports and champions access and responsible use of public lands, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. PAPA's Mission is to promote balanced, unbiased, responsible use of public lands in collaboration with recreational users of all interests, advocating respect, education and conservation of the environment. Learn more on the web: http://www.papatelluride.org/

The mission of the SJTR is to improve opportunities for off-highway vehicles and assure the best care of the land. SJTR promotes active participation in OHV trail management and other civic activities and maintains a focused and ongoing dialogue with the San Juan National Forest and other public land planners. SJTR educates OHV users about "Tread Lightly" conservation practices and other trail use issues. Learn more on the web: http://sanjuantrailriders.org/

The Trails Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the sport of motorized trail riding, educating all user groups and the public on the value of sharing public lands for multiuse recreation, while protecting public lands for future generations. Learn more on the web: www.coloradotpa.org

COHVCO is a nonprofit organization whose member enthusiasts, organizations and businesses collectively comprise over 200,000 Coloradoans and regular visitors to Colorado and other western states who contribute millions of dollars and thousands of hours annually to off-highway vehicle recreation through registration fees, retail expenditure, project participation and related support. Learn more on the web: www.cohvco.org

The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. Learn more on the web: www.sharetrails.org

 

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BLUERIBBON SEEKS ROLE IN SNOWMOBILE LAWSUIT

"This is an important challenge which could affect Forest Service snowmobile programs and travel planning nationwide" said Joni Mogstad, President of the BlueRibbon Board of Directors.  "BlueRibbon was involved in all aspects of the process creating the 2005 Rule, and has taken the lead defending recreation interests in numerous lawsuits interpreting the Rule. It is essential that our members' interests in snowmobile access and other forms of recreation be protected here, and our unique experience makes BlueRibbon singularly qualified to serve that role.  We have little choice but to seek party status in this case," Mogstad concluded.

The case was filed in the U.S. District of Idaho in late November, 2011 by the Winter Wildlands Alliance, a preservationist group seeking dramatic restriction, if not elimination, of snowmobile access to the benefit of exclusive "human powered" recreation.  The case is presently assigned to U.S. Magistrate Ronald Bush, who last year struck down portions of the Salmon Challis National Forest travel plan.  The Forest Service has not yet filed an appearance in the new lawsuit.

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The BlueRibbon Coalition is a national recreation group that champions responsible recreation, and encourages individual environmental stewardship. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education, and collaboration among recreationists. 1-800-BlueRib - www.sharetrails.org

 

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MUIRNet Land Use Resources Updated

With each congressional session, many bills are introduced that have an impact on recreation.  A list of select legislation being considered by the 112th Congress is now available for on-line review.  The NRC-legislation list is updated monthly.

And, the economic impact of recreation is often mentioned.  Recreation is viewed as a growth industry and a significant contributor to public lands and local communities.  A collection of economic impact studies is now available for download and review.

 

 

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