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Choose Outdoors Presentation 8 29 09

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Overview of coalition focused on connecting all Americans to the land thru outdoor recreation

Overview of coalition focused on connecting all Americans to the land thru outdoor recreation

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  • 1. Overview
  • 2.
    • What is “Choose Outdoors”?
    Choose Outdoors is a new coalition for outdoor recreation compiled of people and organizations who… - A re passionate about outdoor recreation - Support public lands, waters, and the agencies charged with their care - Advocates for resources to maintain our outdoor recreation infrastructure - Support programs connecting Americans to the outdoors and encourage sustainable outdoor recreation.
  • 3. To promote outdoor recreation and active lifestyles through support for public lands and waters; recreation infra-structure; and programs connecting Americans to the outdoors. Our Mission:
  • 4. All Americans will appreciate, support and participate in a wide spectrum of outdoor recreation activities on a well-designed and maintained recreational infrastructure. Our Vision:
  • 5.
    • Unify the outdoor recreation community in support of public lands and funding for recreation infrastructure. - Create a long-term funding strategy to ensure the future of outdoor recreation in America. - Increase the recreational capacity of our public lands in concert with all public lands stakeholders. - Engage government and private sector resources in promoting the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation.
    Our Goals:
  • 6.
    • Created partnerships and secured support from Trade Associations: - Trade Associations: National Ski Areas Association, Outdoor Industry Association, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, America Outdoors Association (guides and outfitters), International Mountain Biking Association and American Trail Runners Association. - In addition Trout Unlimited, Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Snowsports Industry Association have expressed interest in working with us.
    • Key Accomplishments
    Uniting Outdoor Recreation Community
  • 7. 2. Created partnerships and secured support from Corporations: - Corporations: Outside Magazine, Patton Boggs LLP, Victorinox/Swiss Army, Trans Rockies, Segway, Backpackers Pantry, The Outdoor Experience, Rogers Corporation, SVC Tech, Periscope Marketing, Jamba Juice
    • Key Accomplishments
    Uniting Outdoor Recreation Community
  • 8. 3. Developing synergy conferences to bring outdoor community leaders together in Washington, DC, Colorado, and Alaska to work on mutually beneficial policies, initiatives and strategic alliances.
    • Key Accomplishments
    Uniting Outdoor Recreation Community 4. Established Regional Recreation Coalitions to increase support for our mission in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Alaska and Utah
  • 9.
    • Key Accomplishments
    Uniting Outdoor Recreation Community Political Support 1. Created the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus to focus congressional attention on our issues with help from Senators Mark Udall (CO) and James Risch (ID). Securing additional supporters on a daily basis with help from our coalition members. Planning for a major event in DC later this year. 2. Organized a series of key Congressional, Obama Administration and Federal land management agency meetings with outdoor recreation community leaders to discuss Choose Outdoors priorities.
  • 10.
    • Specific Actions Taken
    In May 2009, Choose Outdoors embarked on a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to evaluate the potential for bringing together diverse and active recreation interest groups in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and Alaska. This pilot project brought more than 100 representatives together for our first Stakeholder Meetings. Participants included federal, state and local land managers; nonprofit organizations; corporations; media; and representatives of elected officials including senators, governors and mayors.
  • 11.
    • Next Steps
    We have conducted scores of meetings, engaged hundreds of stakeholders and received invaluable advice from a wide spectrum of interested parties. In order to be successful moving forward we have identified the following priorities: - Build the membership of Choose Outdoors to 20 to include primary and associate members, targeting hunting and fishing interests and conservation grassroots groups.
    • Increase support for the Outdoor Recreation Caucus by engaging the outdoor recreation community in securing a minimum of 75 members including members of the House and Senate.
    • - Develop interconnectivity and coordination between regional recreation groups.
    • - Develop specific goals and objectives for caucus and regional recreation groups.
  • 12. To support Choose Outdoors or find out more information, contact us at: [email_address] www.chooseoutdoors.com “ Now, more than ever, it is critical we join forces to develop a 21st century vision for outdoor recreation in America. The stakes are high: the literal and figurative health of our country is at great risk. We must step forward and work together toward substantive and innovative solutions to preserve and expand our recreation legacy.” — Bruce Ward, President and Founder of Choose Outdoors
  • 13. Help Choose Outdoors sustain the outdoor experience for all Americans. www.chooseoutdoors.com

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