WASHINGTON, D.C. — Disaster recovery on America’s public lands and waters was the focus of a joint briefing on Capitol Hill on December 5. Officials from recreation and conservation organizations, including The Corps Network, National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA) and National Parks Conservation Association briefed Congressional staffers and public and private partners on natural resource recovery needs in national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges and other public lands systems in the wake of a devastating year of hurricanes, drought, wildfires and other natural disasters. Key Administration officials including Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech joined in the conversations about restoring communities and recreation services, not just the lands.
Caroline Brouwer – Director of Government Affairs, National Wildlife Refuge Association
Derrick Crandall – Counselor, National Park Hospitality Association
Sarah Gaines Barmeyer – Senior Managing Director of Conservation Programs, National Parks Conservation Association
John Garder – Senior Director of Budget and Appropriations, National Parks Conservation Association
Rachel Lettre – Eastern Program Director, Student Conservation Association
Rebecca Turner – Senior Director of Programs and Policy, American Forests
Tyler Wilson – Director of Government Relations, The Corps Network
Recreation infrastructure – campgrounds, lodges, trails, beaches, marinas and more – is often overlooked in the planning for recovery from disaster, severely impacting local economies. Everglades, Glacier and Virgin Islands National Parks, as well as Sierra National Forest, are just a few of the places impacted by natural disasters in 2017. The widespread damage has caused significant negative consequences for visitors, agencies, concessioners, surrounding communities and more.
To read letters from the outdoor recreation community to the Congress and the Administration requesting the inclusion of America’s public lands and waters in disaster relief funding, click here
SOURCE: American Recreation Coalition press release