U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., was presented with the 2012 Sheldon Coleman Great Outdoors Award, the recreation community’s most prestigious award, at a special Great Outdoors Week celebration on June 6. The award is presented to individuals whose personal efforts have contributed substantially to enhancing outdoor experiences across America. Shown during the presentation are (L-R) Derrick Crandall, president of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC); Dan Hogan, executive vice president, finance, and COO for The Coleman Co.; Sen. Amy Klobuchar; Former U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, recipient of the 1996 Coleman Award; Thomas Dammrich, chairman of ARC and president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA); and David Humphreys, former ARC chairman and recipient of the 2001 Coleman Award. A panel of 100 national recreation community leaders, ranging from corporate executives to key federal and state officials and nonprofit organization community leaders, chose Sen. Klobuchar to be this year’s winner. The award was created in 1989 to honor the life-long efforts of Sheldon Coleman, whose engineering, marketing and advocacy talents made coolers, lanterns and tents bearing his name ubiquitous on America’s public lands. Sen. Klobuchar is the fifth woman, and the first woman serving in Congress, to receive the honor. “She has been especially active in supporting recreation programs aided by provisions of the nation’s surface transportation program,” said Crandall. “She committed to Minnesota and national trail interests that she would lead efforts to overturn the treatment of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in legislation approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.” The committee-passed legislation ended the user pay-user benefit provision for RTP established by Congress in 1991, instead relegating recreational trail projects to competition for funding among a broad category of authorized non-highway projects. “State park officials joined trail interests in warning that this path would effectively end the RTP program,” Crandall said.