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Policy Platforms
The mission of the Outdoor Alliance is to ensure the conservation and stewardship of our nation's land and waters through the promotion of sustainable, human-powered recreation. Our policy platform represents the current initiatives we are working on as a coalition in support of our mission.
National Forest Stewardship

Our Forest Service platform focuses on protection of backcountry roadless areas, adressing the ongoing impacts of unmaintained roads, and the need for full public participation in the forest planning process. Forest Service lands across the nation provide accessible recreational opportunities to millions of Americans. Stewardship of these lands and the quality recreational experiences they prov...

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Proper Funding For Public Lands

Public lands hold a special place in America’s heart and all deserve adequate funding. Outdoor Alliance is concerned that budget figures for managing national forests, wildlife refuges and Bureau of Land Management lands are woefully inadequate - shrinking even as modern pressures on those lands mount.

Yellowstone and Grand Canyon are wonderful destinations, often once-in-a-life...

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America's Great Outdoors

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on April 16, 2010 establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO). The AGO Initiative focuses on reconnecting Americans to the outdoors and promoting community-level efforts to conserve and restore outdoor spaces.

As part of the A...

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Next Century of National Parks

Wallace Stegner called national parks "America`s best idea." Our national parks embody the freedom that is at the heart of our democracy. Where in the Old World only wealthy landowners enjoyed nature preserves, America`s national parks are open to all.

In 2016, the National Parks Service will celebrate 100 years, providing an excellent opportunity to give back to America`...

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BLM National Landscape Conservation System

Created in 2000 and formalized by Congress in 2009, the Bureau of Land Management's National Landscape Conservation System highlights 26 million acres of some of the best recreational, cultural, scientific, and natural resources in the American West. These special places run the gamut from wilderness areas and national monuments to wild and scenic rivers and national recreation areas. Examp...

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Agency Partnerships

Outdoor Alliance works to develop successful partnerships between the human-powered recreation community and Federal land management agencies. By building connections and learning from successful partnerships, Outdoor Alliance works to increase the capacity for partnerships that lead to the stewardship, protection and enjoyment of our treasured public lands and waters.

In December 2011,...

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Climate Change

Human-powered outdoor pursuits can be seen as climate change “indicator activities” because we, as outdoor people, are some of the first to experience the impacts of climate change on our public lands. Declining snowpack shortens ski and snowshoe seasons, makes alpine climbing more dangerous and can eliminate ice climbing. Less snowpack means less water in our creeks, rivers and lak...

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