|Outdoor Alliance Story
Something special happens when people enjoy the outdoors while hiking, skiing, climbing, mountain biking and paddling. First, they have fun and the bonds between friends and family grow stronger. Young and old alike enjoy healthy exercise and learn greater self-reliance. Along the way, they learn the moods and character of the land and water. They notice - and care - when something is wrong. Time and time again, we are moved to conserve those special places.
The six membership groups of Outdoor Alliance have a long tradition of preserving public access to America’s Outdoors - making sure people have trails to hike, waters to paddle, mountains to ski and crags to climb. But preserving access alone is not enough. What good is a trail if the forest is trashed out? What good is access to a river if the water is polluted? So our six groups came together to pool our resources and protect the places we care about. We work together to make a difference — for today and tomorrow.
To ensure the conservation and stewardship of our nation’s land and waters through the promotion of sustainable, human-powered recreation. Outdoor Alliance Works to:
- Protect and restore public lands and waters for people to enjoy.
- Provide stewardship of places where Americans hike, paddle, ski, mountain bike and climb.
- Guarantee responsible access to public land and water.
- Maintain and enhance America’s trails, trailheads and other recreation infrastructure.
- Encourage science and research to help make better management decisions.
- Promote the many health benefits of fun, vigorous outdoor exercise.
- Help America’s youth enjoy healthy, traditional outdoor activities.
- Guarantee the public’s voice is heard on decisions impacting our land, water and outdoor opportunities.
America’s Great Outdoors - and the freedom to enjoy it - is a highly treasured American value. Americans` access to high-quality places to paddle, ski, hike, mountain bike and climb greatly improves the quality of life for everyone. Time spent outdoors promotes America`s unique conservation ethic that keeps our water clean and land healthy.
- Foster America`s conservation ethic. We seek to educate, empower and inspire people to be active stewards of land and water.
- Responsible access. Providing quality opportunities for outdoor recreation has many social benefits. Communities and families benefit from a range of outdoor access, from the city to the backcountry and areas in between. When people learn and enjoy the land and water, they become more interested in keeping those resources healthy.
- Healthy lands and waters. We support conserving and restoring lands and waters that sustain natural ecosystems and also are important for outdoor recreation.
- Well-maintained recreation infrastructure. We support the development and maintenance of a robust and appropriate system of facilities including trailheads, trails, campsites, parking and restrooms.
- Appropriate management of recreation. We support fully funded recreational management programs to better balance a wide variety of recreational activities.
- Health Benefits of Recreation. Vigorous, traditional outdoor recreation is an important part of the solution to many of our nation’s health problems. These activities should remain affordable, simple and family-friendly to promote physical and mental wellbeing.
- People, with an emphasis on youth, and the Outdoors. We support introducing young people to a lifelong love of the outdoors and fun, healthy exercise through hiking, paddling, skiing, mountain biking and climbing.
- Public Participation. We support full involvement of citizens in policy development, planning and management decisions influencing public land and water, especially at the grassroots level.