Outdoor Recreation

American Recreation Coalition (ARC)
The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) is a Washington-based non-profit organization formed in 1979. Since its inception, ARC has sought to catalyze public/private partnerships to enhance and protect outdoor recreational opportunities and the resources upon which such experiences are based. ARC conducts research on a regular basis, organizes and conducts national conferences and meetings, and disseminates information through a variety of newsletters, columns and other media regarding recreational needs and initiatives. ARC also monitors legislative and regulatory proposals that influence recreation and works with government agencies and the U.S. Congress to study public policy issues that will shape future recreational opportunities.

National Scenic Byways Online
National Scenic Byways Online (NSBO) provides travelers with current, detailed information about byways throughout the United States. Sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), this site promotes the America's Byways. NSBO also gives byway organizations easy access to government and private resources related to scenic byways, providing professionals in byway development and support fields with relevant resources, such as program information, technical documents, marketing and brand development assistance, access to a database of experts on a variety of byway topics, and online applications such as grant requests and byway nomination assistance.

Recreation, Wilderness, Urban Forest, & Demographic Trends Research
The USDA Forest Service website provides up-to-date information on public demands, perceptions, values, and benefits from outdoor recreation, wilderness, and urban forests and describes how local community conditions and demographic shifts will affect these resources.

National Park Trust
The National Park Trust is the only land conservancy uniquely dedicated to preserving America's national system of parks, wildlife refuges, and historic monuments. This mission is accomplished primarily through the gift, purchase, or other form of assistance of land either within or adjacent to existing parks, land which is suitable for the creation of new parks, or other projects of historical significance. Ultimately, the National Park Trust works to exchange or give the land it acquires to suitable organizations that agree to preserve and manage those resources as parklands in perpetuity.

American Trails
American Trails works to enhance and protect America's network of interconnected trails, and supports local, regional, and long-distance trails and greenways, whether in backcountry, rural or urban areas. The goal of American Trails is to support America's trails by finding common ground and promoting cooperation among all trail interests.

The website provides a user-friendly, web-based resource to citizens, offering a single point of access to information about recreational opportunities nationwide. The website is a comprehensive source of information about 2,500 public recreation sites now, with plans to add thousands of additional facilities managed by state, tribal, and local governments. In addition, Recreation.gov links to state tourism sites with information about thousands of private attractions and facilities.

The Away Network
The Away Network is the leading online provider of information and inspiration about active travel and the outdoor lifestyle. The Away Network's websites—Away.com, GORP.com, GORPtravel.com, and Outside Online offer over 100,000 pages of the Web's best travel content. Collectively the sites have more than 2.6 million unique users each month and over 2 million registered members. In addition to inspiring editorial content, the Network offers a searchable database of over 2,000 active vacation packages and a full service travel-booking center.

The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute is the only Federal research group in the United States dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, parks, and similarly protected areas. Located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, the Leopold Institute was formally established in 1993 by the U.S. Forest Service and is administered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station. The institute operates under a Memorandum of Understanding among the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Managers and scientists from these agencies play an active role in developing Leopold Institute programs and priorities. The institute provides a national center for scientists from different disciplines and backgrounds to address the wilderness research needs of land management agencies and organizations.

National Parks Conservation Association
Since 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the sole voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard the scenic beauty, wildlife, and historical and cultural treasures of the largest and most diverse park system in the world. Originally created as a watchdog for the National Park Service, today NPCA partners with the federal government and numerous national, regional, and local groups in a variety of efforts to protect national park resources. As the nation's only membership organization dedicated solely to protecting the entire park system, NPCA and its hundreds of thousands of supporters—nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, wildlife advocates, community activists, environmentalists, and devotees of American history—are committed to preserving our nation's natural, historic, and cultural heritage for the next generation.

Southwick Associates
Southwick Associates specializes in the business-side of fish and wildlife. They help natural resource agencies & the outdoor industries understand the retail sales, economic impacts, and other benefits business and people receive from wildlife and fisheries.