Plans for ‘Partners Outdoors’ in Final Stages

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May 19, 2014 by   Comments Off on Plans for ‘Partners Outdoors’ in Final Stages

The 2014 Partners Outdoors gathering is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best yet. The annual gathering of key recreation community leaders from both the public and private sectors will be held in Washington, D.C., during June – Great Outdoors Month.

The session is co-sponsored by the federal agencies managing our national parks, forests, refuges and other public spaces and the American Recreation Coalition (ARC). From June 9-11, presentations by U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Vail Resorts Vice President for Natural Resources and Conservation Rick Cables and others will be followed by panel presentations and brainstormer sessions.

The sessions will focus on three key challenges:

• Funding recreation in the great outdoors sustainably.

• Hosting all Americans in the great outdoors

• Working better as partners outdoors.

The 2014 Beacon, Coleman, Legends and Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) awards will be integrated into the Partners Outdoors 2014 celebrations. The Beacon Award presentations will run the evening of June 9, moderated by Assistant Secretary of Commerce and NOAA Deputy Administrator Mark Schaefer. The presentation of the Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award and the Legends Awards will be held on June 10 and moderated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Steve Guertin. The Recreational Trails Program Awards will take place on June 11, and will be hosted by CRT.

Also committed to key roles at the event are U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Chief of Operations Jim Hannon and U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner.

Partners Outdoors was first held in 1992 and has led to important actions benefitting the access to the Great Outdoors. Partners Outdoors 2014 will continue that legacy.

Partners Outdoors participants are selected by sponsoring agencies and invited by ARC. Invitations to private sector leaders have been issued. For more information, see or contact Cathy Ahern at


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