Recreation.gov — a website managed by a multi-facted federal team and designed to provide timely information about ways to enjoy America’s public lands and waters — has selected a new partner to take over operations in 2018. The new team is headed by Booz Allen Hamilton and includes NIC Inc., a member of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC).
According to an ARC release, the operation of Recreation.gov will continue through September of 2018 under Active Network, another ARC member, which has been a leading force in technology solutions for the outdoors for more than 30 years. Active partners with state and county campgrounds, state wildlife and conservation agencies, state and county marinas and state-owned lodges, cabins and resorts on reservations, licenses, passes and more and played an instrumental role in unifying the federal campground reservation and information systems.
“ARC looks forward to working with both Active and Booz Allen Hamilton/NIC for many years in increasing access to and enjoyment of America’s Great Outdoors,” said ARC President Derrick Crandall. “We look forward to exciting advances in reservations, fee purchases, permit system improvements and integration with opportunities offered by concessioners, permittees and private businesses in gateway communities on and around our public lands and waters under the new Recreation.gov and in exciting new initiatives involving state park and wildlife agencies and recreation and tourism partners.”
Recreation.gov is a central part of the multi-agency Recreation One-Stop e-gov initiative launched in 2002 under then-President George W. Bush. The U.S. Forest Service led efforts to facilitate a much more contemporary and helpful website between 2012 and 2016, listening to those concerned that the current system inhibited inclusion of information needed to make trips to national forests, parks, refuges and more enjoyable.
Representatives of the new Recreation.gov team will be at Partners Outdoors 2017 in Washington, D.C. May 31 and June 1. For more information about Partners Outdoors 2017, visit www.funoutdoors.com/PartnersOutdoors.