Dec 14, 2011

Industry, Feds, NGOs Gather for Outdoor Alliance Partnership Summit

Highlighting best practices in the protection, management, and use of public lands and waters, federal and state land managers, conservation and recreation groups, and outdoor business leaders joined the Outdoor Alliance for their inaugural Partnership Summit last week in Golden, CO.

Leaders from REI, KEEN, and The North Face were on hand to discuss their roles in promoting recreational access, youth engagement, and appropriate funding levels for our public lands. Peter Metcalf, president and CEO of Black Diamond Equipment, delivered the keynote address portraying the growth and evolution of the outdoor recreation industry and the myriad benefits of protecting outdoor spaces.

Inspired in part by the Obama administration’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, Summit attendees addressed traditional conflicts between land agencies and user groups, and, over the course of different panels and sessions, hammered out the methodologies and techniques characterizing successful public-private partnerships.

“When people think of public lands, too often they focus on the same old argument of recreation versus extraction,” said Adam Cramer, Policy Architect for OA. “This event brings leaders together to figure out how to strike the best balance of land protection and use.”

The host of the event, Outdoor Alliance, is a coalition of national recreation user groups made up by the Access Fund, American Canoe Association, American Hiking Society, American Whitewater, Winter Wildlands Alliance, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association.