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Outdoor Resources Review Group looks at parks and open space funding

From the National Recreation and Park Association

October 7, 2008

The high level advisory committee convened by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Dennis Bingaman (D-NM) to examine the need and demand for outdoor recreation resources in America in coming decades met for the second time in Washington, DC, on Sept 29th. The ORRG follows the tradition of the Outdoor Resources Review Commission of 1962 and the President’s Comission on Americans Outdoors of 1987. The recommendations of the report are expected to be extremely influential with the new President and the incoming Congress.

The ORRG group is supported by the think tank Resources for the Future (RFF). The ORRG is expected to present a report with recommendations to Congress and the new President in the spring of 2009. Among the issues the ORRG is looking at are long term funding mechanisms for park acquisition and open space conservation; the critical needs of cities and urban parks; children’s access to nature and the outdoors; conflicts in the use of public lands; and the health benefits of active outdoor recreation. NRPA Trustee Joe Wynns is serving as member of the ORRG.

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