|Policy Letters - National Initiatives|
Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill - 2017
The ACA has joined with 80 other organizations to oppose multiple facets of this House bill. Among approximately 30 anti-environmental riders in this legislation, there are provisions that would undermine the country’s efforts to address climate change and protect our clean air and water, weaken land conservation, undermine farmworker protections, undercut endangered speciesand public health protections.
Self-Sufficient Community Lands Act and the State National Forest Management Act of 2015
H.R. 2316 and H.R. 3650 both propose to turn over wide swaths of National Forest System land to management by advisory committees appointed by state governors or to the states. These proposals would undermine collaborative Forest Planning efforts, circumvent established processes for public input and review like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Administrative Procedure
Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is one of the most important tools we have to conserve public lands and improve recreation. It's set to expire in Fall 2015, and we're urging lawmakers to permanently renew it. The ACA continues to advocate for full funding of the LWCF through permanent appropriations. The ACA is working with the LWCF Coalition to urge the Senate to take action. As far back as the fall of 2010, the ACA organized local human-powered recreation organizations from California, Minnesota and Montana to communicate their support directly to their respective Senators.
The ACA applauds the 2011 America's Great Outdoors Report to the President calling for full funding of the LWCF.
USGS Streamgage Support - 2016
In conjunction with the Interstate Council on Water Policy, the ACA supported an initiative on the importance of the National Streamflow Network and surface water data collection efforts of the U.S. Geological Survey.
No Child Left Inside Act of 2015
ACA and Outdoors Alliance for Kids signed a letter thanking Senators Mark Kirk and Jack Reed and Representatives Mike Fitzpatrick and John Sarbanes for their leadership involving the No Child Left Inside Act. This bill will encourage the integration of outdoor learning into regular school curriculum, provide grants to school districts, and support teacher training.
“Every Kid in a Park” Initiative
ACA joined 47 other members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to thank President Obama for his “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, which waves entrance fees to public lands for fourth graders and their families during the 2015-2016 school year.
Fire Suppression Funding Solutions - 2014
The Partner Caucus on Fire Suppression Funding Solutions believes that the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, S. 1875 and H.R. 3992, offers a promising approach to managing emergency wildfire suppression costs without impacting other priority programs within the responsible agencies. This bill would fund a portion of the USFS and DOI wildfire suppression costs through a budget cap adjustment similar to the budget cap adjustment currently in use by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
21 Century Conservation Service Corps - 2014
The ACA, a member of the Outdoor Alliance for Kids, signed on to express support for the development of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and to urge the President to make 21CSC a highlighted Presidential priority.
Protecting Oceans - 2013
The ACA along with businesses, and groups concerned with the future of our oceans and coastal resources urged congerees of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to protect our oceans and coasts by supporting the National Endowment for the Oceans (NEO) and opposing any effort to undermine the National Ocean Policy.
Kids on the Mall - 2013
The ACA staff and Board President Anne Maleady joined Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Wednesday June 26, 2013 walking, talking and having fun with 100 local youth at the "Kids, Youth and the Great Outdoors Festival” on the National Mall. Part of Great Outdoors America Week, Secretary Jewell was joined by White House Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, The Wilderness Society President Jaime Williams, and members of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids.
Support for USGS Water Data - 2009
Save a streamgage. Want to learn if the streamgage on your favorite waterway is at risk? Want to learn how to help save it?
The ACA has provided a series of easy steps that you, and your paddling club can take.
4/21/2017 » 4/23/2017
27th Annual East Coast Paddlesports Symposium
4/23/2017 » 4/25/2017
ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshop (APW)