12.20.18 WASHINGTON eyes education, climate as opportunities for outdoor recreation movement

In Washington state, Jon Snyder is the Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee. He’s also a former journalist, music fan, and all-around fascinating guy.

Key links from the interview:

2014 Blue Ribbon Parks & Outdoor Recreation Task Force Report

Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition

No Child Left Inside

Nirvana Discography

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12.19.18 UTAH hits full stride after five years

From the celebrated ‘case study success’ of Ogden to a $5 million annual Outdoor Recreation Grant, the state of Utah is making the most of their Office of Outdoor Recreation … which was the first in the country in 2013.

Tom Adams is the office’s director, and brings a lifetime of outdoor experience to the role, from work as a ski instructor and horsepacking guide to an 8 year stint with Petzl.

Links from the episode:

OIA Case Study: Ogden, Utah

Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant

Utah Outdoor Summit

Utah State University, Outdoor Product Design and Development

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12.11.18 NEW MEXICO hones in on economics of National Monuments

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Jeff Steinborn is the Southern New Mexico Director of New Mexico Wild. As the Southern New Mexico Director for New Mexico Wild, Jeff helped establish the successful campaign to protect the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. After serving for eight years in the New Mexico House of Representatives Jeff was elected to the New Mexico Senate in 2016. He is also a primary organizer of the Outdoor Economics Conference, and a leading advocate for an office of Outdoor Recreation in New Mexico.

Links discussed in this podcast:

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12.06.18 The Duluth outdoor miracle: a city's reinvention

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Hansi Johnson’s current position with the Minnesota Land Trust is focused on helping the City of Duluth re-envision how it uses more than 11,000 acres of open space in the City limits. The work centers on the idea of using destination class outdoor recreation to turn these un-used spaces into life changing recreational experiences for the people who live and also visit Duluth. The core idea being creating a better quality of life for those who live here and for those who may want to live here in the future.  It also comes with a recent commitment of $20 million … and the support of numerous activity based organizations (ski, bike, hike, climb and paddle) which honed in on working to make Duluth an even better place to live, through celebrating its open space versus apologize for it. 

A couple links from the interview:

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11.29.18 Michigan flexes their outdoor muscle

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Marc Miller is the Outdoor Recreation Industry and Regional Initiatives Deputy at Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A natural resources professional and conservationist, Marc’s role is focused on working to improve public engagement and collaboration with stakeholders, including the outdoor recreation industry and local officials and communities. Marc previously served as the Director of the Illinois DNR for six years, bringing a strong conservation ethic, inclusiveness, professionalism, and science-based decision making to the agency.

LINK: Michigan Outdoor Recreation Industry

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11.15.18 Oregon brings in the A-team for outdoor office

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Cailin O’Brien-Feeney is Oregon’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation director. Previously, he was an active force in the outdoor recreation movement nationwide, working as the State and Local Policy Manager for Outdoor Industry Association. At the OIA, Cailin worked with governors, legislators, and agencies across the country to improve access to outdoor recreation opportunities, increase economic benefits, and promote establishment of Offices of Outdoor Recreation in other states.

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11.12.28 Wyoming goes big with outdoor plans

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Directly responsible for management and leadership of Wyoming Parks, Historic Sites and Trails Division of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, DOMENIC BRAVO oversees 40 state park/historic units, many federal recreational grants and the snowmobile/ORV program. In this position, Bravo provides policy direction and prioritizes the $28 million budget for the agency, including the field staff, presents items to the Commission for their consideration and develops and presents legislative initiatives through the Governor’s office to the legislature. Bravo also serves as state liaison for state’s land and water conservation program and maintains working relationships with a variety of partners and interest groups, including the tourism industry.

LINK: Wyoming Outdoor

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