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Interior Department Creates ‘Made in America’ Outdoors Recreation Advisory Committee

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has helped establish the Made in America Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the secretary of the interior on public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways.

“The spirit of American innovation and ingenuity is what built our country, and the Interior Department wants that same spirit and energy to resonate within the realm of outdoor recreation on our public lands,” Zinke said. “By forming this committee, I look forward to hearing from the best and the brightest in our private sector on how to improve the public experience on our federal lands and waters by expanding access for all Americans. We already have thousands of private partners who operate on federal lands. Whether it’s the iconic Jammers in Glacier National Park, the historic El Tovar lodge at the Grand Canyon, or the kayaks that you can rent on the Potomac River, American workers are at the heart of helping American families experience our great outdoors.”

The members of the committee will be selected for their diverse backgrounds and their experiences with the recreational industry, according to the Interior Department. Prospective members will have knowledge utilizing public-private partnerships, providing recreational visitor experiences, developing and deploying infrastructure improvements, or a thorough understanding of recreational equipment.

The duties of the committee are strictly advisory and will consist of, but not be limited to, providing recommendations including:

policies and programs that:

  • Expand and improve visitor infrastructure developed through public-private partnerships
  • Implement sustainable operations embracing fair, efficient and convenient fee collection and strategic use of the collected fees
  • Improve interpretation using technology
  • Create better tools and/or opportunities for Americans to discover their lands and waters

Public comments and nominations may be directed to the Office of the Interior by:

  • Mail or hand-carry nominations to Teri Austin, associate director for business services, National Park Service, Office of Business Services, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 2717, Washington, DC 20240; or email nominations to: teresa_austin@nps.gov

The committee will meet approximately two times annually, and at such time as designated by the designated federal officer. The committee will terminate two years from the date thecharter is filed, unless, prior to that date, it is renewed in accordance with the provisions of Section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).

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