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Outdoor Alliance Supports Boulder-White Clouds National Monument

2013-09-26 / Tom Flynn

The Boulder and White Cloud mountain ranges in central Idaho are amongst the largest unprotected landscapes in the continental US. They boast incredible, unique opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, especially on skis and mountain bikes. With much of the area included in a longs...

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Hearing on Impediments to Public Recreation on Public Lands

2013-05-07 / Tom Flynn

This morning, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation held a hearing titled “Impediments to Public Recreation on Public Lands.” This Subcommittee is an important part of the House Natural Resources Committee, is chaired by Congressman Rob Bisho...

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Outdoor Alliance Comments on Forest Service Directives

2013-05-01 / Tom Flynn

Following the completion of the 2012 Planning Rule, the Forest Service recently released the Proposed Directives. Together, the Planning Rule and the Directives are complimentary management documents that determine how the Forest Service will update forest plans. Broadly speaki...

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Outdoor Alliance Testifies Before Congress

2013-04-18 / Tom Flynn

Every year, Congress works on laws that fund the operations of the federal government, including agencies like the Forest Service and the National Park Service. As we have before, Outdoor Alliance was invited to testify before the House Interior and Environment Appropriations S...

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Outdoor Alliance Submits Maps for Chugach Forest Plan Revision

2013-03-11 / Tom Flynn

Last year, the Forest Service released a new Planning Rule that will guide how Forest Plans are updated. Many of our national forests are managed under plans that are years, sometimes decades, out of date. The new Planning Rule determin...

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Outdoor Alliance Provides Input on National Visitor Use Monitoring

2013-02-21 / Tom Flynn

Recently, the US Forest Service sought public input on its National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) survey. This survey is a vital, but imperfect way to measure how people use our national forests. In our comments, Outdoor Alliance applauds the Agency for its intentions and sugge...

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Top 5 Achievements from 2012

2013-01-01 / Tom Flynn

2012 was the most successful and influential period in the seven-year history of Outdoor Alliance. So what did we do? Here are our top five achievements from the last year.

 

 

 

 

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America's Great Outdoors Progress Report Released

2012-12-05 / Tom Flynn

Yesterday, the Obama Administration released a progress report to the ongoing America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative. The report details on-the-ground results from the initia...

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Colorado Roadless Rule Finalized, Conserving Landscapes and Protecting Recreation

2012-07-03 / Thomas O'Keefe

Today, the US Forest Service issued the Record of Decision for the Colorado Roadless Rule, finalizing a much-improved version of the Rule. After years of consultation and public engagement, this last step determines the management framework for 4.2 million acres of valuable back...

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Outdoor Alliance's Adam Cramer Appointed to Advise on Forest Planning

2012-06-15 / Tom Flynn

With the release of the new Forest Planning Rule, the Department of Agriculture formed a Federal Advisory Committee to help guide how the rule is implemen...

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Outdoor Alliance Submits Testimony to House Appropriations Subcommitte

2012-04-02 / Tom Flynn

Every year, Congress works on laws that fund the operations of the federal government, including federal agencies like the Forest Service and the National Park Service. Last week, Outdoor Alliance submitted testimony to the House of Representatives to help make sure all the fede...

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USDA Releases Final Rule for National Forest System Land Management Planning

2012-03-23 / Adam Cramer

Today, the United States Department of Agriculture released the much-anticipated new planning rule for the entire National Forest System. This new rule arose out of a robust and inclusive public engagement process. It will use sound science to better protect forests, water and wildlife, while s...

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Outdoor Alliance Attends White House Conference on Conservation

2012-03-06 / Tom Flynn

It’s not every day a national director of a major land management agency says, “We want to hear what you have to say. Notetakers are stranding by, and the mic is open.”» read full article

Outdoor Alliance Comments on the Proposed Action for the Shoshone National Forest

2012-02-02 / Tom Flynn

Climbing in the Cirque of the Towers. Skiing Togwotee Pass. Running the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone. Mountain biking in Sunlight Basin. Hiking the Continental Divide. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest is a mecca for quiet recreation.  

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Outdoor Alliance comments on Michigan National Forest Plan Revision

2012-01-03 / Tom Flynn

On December 23, Outdoor Alliance commented on the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Huron-Manistee National Forest Plan Revision. The Huron-Manistee National Forest, the only such public land in southern Michigan, is an important resource for the area's out...

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Outdoor Alliance Comments on Policy and Procedures Review for Indian Sacred Sites

2011-10-04 / Tom Flynn

It is not surprising that those of us who choose to experience the outdoors under our own power are often drawn to the very same places that are sacred to Native American cultures. Outdoor Alliance wholeheartedly supports the protection of sacred sites. However, in our comments ...

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Outdoor Alliance and a coalition of major groups comment on the Proposed Action for Washington's Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

2011-09-30 / Tom Flynn

On September 28, Outdoor Alliance partnered with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the Mountaineers, El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Club, Washington Trails Association and the Pacific Northwest office of the Wilderness Society to provide comments on the Proposed Action...

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Outdoor Alliance praises new Travel Management Plan for Colorado's White River National Forest

2011-07-12 / Tom Flynn

 

The human-powered recreation community recently enjoyed a refreshing bit of good news from the heart of the Colorado Rockies, where a new Forest Service decision preserves high quality, four-season recreation access. 

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Outdoor Alliance comments on National Forest Planning

2011-05-16 / Tom Flynn

Outdoor Alliance gathered representatives of both the human powered recreation community and the active outdoor industry to comment on the proposed National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. 

In our letter, we applaud the Forest Service fo...

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Outdoor Alliance Submits Testimony to House Committee on Appropriations

2011-04-14 / Tom Flynn

In April, Access Fund Executive Director Brady Robinson offered testimony to the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. He stressed the importance of adequate funding for the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture, which is necessary to provide quality recreati...

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Outdoor Alliance Provides Comments on Forest Planning

2010-09-16 / Adam Cramer

Outdoor Alliance joined with Outdoor Industry Association to provide additional perspectives on Forest Planning. In our letter we commended the Forest Servcie for the open and transparent approach towards developing a new planning rule. Rather than following the traditional course of developing a...

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Adapting Forest Service Roads for Current Conservation Values, Management Objectives and Recreational Users

2010-05-07 / Thomas O'Keefe

Our national forests are the landscapes largely responsible for providing clean water, habitat for wildlife, and unparalleled outdoor educational and recreational opportunities. As organizations that represent the human-powered outdoor recreation community and the active outdoor recreation...

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Outdoor Community Bands Together to Support National Forest Planning

2010-02-26 / Mark Menlove

A coalition of national and regional outdoor groups, including Outdoor Alliance, Outdoor Industry Association, Appalachian Mountain Club, the Mountaineers and the Colorado Mountain Club, recently commented on the Obama Administration’s efforts to create a new U.S Forest Service planning rule. ...

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Outdoor Alliance provides testimony on funding needs for agencies managing public lands

2009-04-28 / Greg Miller

Today Gregory Miller, President of the American Hiking Society and Vice Chairman of the Outdoor Alliance delivered testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies with budget recommendations for the Forest Servi...

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Congress Fires-Up the FLAME Act

2009-03-10 / Adam Cramer

Today both the House and Senate took decisive, bi-partisan action to get a handle on the cost of suppressing catastrophic wildfires by introducing the FLAME Act (Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement Act, H.R. 1404).  The human-powered outdoor recreation community applauds this cr...

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Outdoor Alliance Submits Testimony on Opportunities to Invest in Public Lands and Waters

2008-12-12 / Mark Singleton

Earlier today Outdoor Alliance submitted testimony to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. This week the committee held a hearing Regarding Investements in Clean Energy and Natural Resources Projects and Programs to Create Green Jobs and Stimulate the Economy (SD-366).

In our...

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Outdoor Alliance Comments on Management of Colorado's Backcountry Forests

2008-10-23 / Thomas O'Keefe

 This past summer the Forest Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for the purpose of establishing a state-specific rule to provide management direction to "collaboratively manage and protect roadless areas within the State of Colorado." Colorado’s Invento...

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Protection for Idaho Roadless Areas Weakened

2008-10-17 / Kevin Colburn

On Thursday, October 16, 2008 the US Forest Service released the Idaho Roadless Rule, which provides management direction regarding road building and resource extraction across 9.3 million acres of public roadless lands in Idaho.  The Rule replaces the more protective 2001 Roadless Area Conserv...

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Outdoor Alliance Highlights Need to Protect Colorado's Backcountry Forests

2008-10-08 / Thomas O'Keefe

Colorado's backcountry provides some of our nation’s most spectacular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts including mountain biking through incredible alpine vistas, carpets of wildflowers on the cherished 401 trail outside Crested Butte, the headwaters of our nation’s most iconi...

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Fire Spending to Impact Outdoor Recreation

2008-08-25 / Kevin Colburn

US Forest Service funding for many programs vital to Americans' enjoyment of our National Forests is about to disappear as the agency re-allocates funding for those programs to its fire fighting budget. The Chief of the US Forest Service announced Friday that the agency has depleted its $1.18 bi...

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Outdoor Alliance Speaks Out Against New Forest Planning Rule

2008-04-22 / Kevin Colburn

Washington, D.C. --- Yesterday the US Forest Service introduced its new National Forest System Land Management Planning Rule that will govern the creation and revision of forest plans. Forest plans dictate the types of activities that individual National Forests will allow and support for 15-yea...

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Outdoor Alliance Releases Roadless Film

2008-03-28 / Thomas O'Keefe

Representing the interests of millions of Americans who hike, paddle, climb, mountain bike, ski and snowshoe on our nations public lands and waters, we believe that protection of Roadless Areas is critical to resource protection on some of our nation’s most highly valued landscapes for wild...

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Outdoor Alliances Testifies on Federal Appropriations Priorities

2008-03-13 / Marty Bartels

Today American Canoe Association's Executive Director Marty Bartels testified on behalf of the Outdoor Alliance before the Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies as part of Public Witness Day. The FY2009 Budget Recommendations of the Outdoor A...

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Outdoor Alliances Testifies on Forest Service Use of NEPA Categorical Exclusions

2007-06-28 / Mark Menlove

Today Mark Menlove, Executive Director of Winter Wildlands Alliance, testified on behalf of the Outdoor Alliance before the Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands at the Oversight Hearing on the Forest Service Use of NEPA Categorical Exclusions.

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