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Recreational Industry group meets with Interior Secretary Zinke

Caption: A seat at the table for recreational boaters: BoatUS V. President of Government Affairs Chris Edmonston (2nd from L) with Outdoor Rec Industry Roundtable members meeting with US Dept of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (3rd from L, back to camera)
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ALEXANDRIA, VA, April 25, 2017 -- Hundreds of thousands of boaters enjoy the nation’s vast holdings of US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) or US Department of Interior lakes and waterways every year. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) believes that public-private partnerships have an important role to play in maintaining, improving and growing boating access on waters managed by the federal government.
Yesterday, with an agenda to look at improving visitor experiences on public lands and waters, BoatUS joined a coalition of more than 30 representatives of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) for a meeting held at Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, with top-ranking officials from the US Department of Interior (DOI). Later in the day ORIR members including BoatUS headed to Washington to meet with DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke.
Some federal recreational boating facilities date from the Eisenhower era and are in need of maintenance and modernization. Improving connectivity, implementing electronic passes, more efficient fee collection, and the role that private industry can play in upgrading facilities were just some of the topics discussed.

BoatUS Manager of Government Affairs David Kennedy, shared this April 24 ORIR statement: “Meeting participants identified access as a crucial area where the private sector can help federal partners improve visitor experiences in the great outdoors…discussed the negative impact of access restrictions…[and the need for] closer management partnerships with state fish and wildlife agencies.”
To read the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable statement, visit


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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating over 50 years, BoatUS is the nation’s largest organization of recreational boaters with more than a half-million members. We are the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill and fight for their rights. We help ensure a roadside trailer breakdown doesn’t end a boating or fishing trip before it begins. On the water, TowBoatUS brings boaters safely back to the launch ramp or dock when their boat won’t, 24/7. The BoatUS Marine Insurance Program gives boat owners the specialized coverage and superior service they need. We help keep boaters safe and our waters clean with assistance from the nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water. Visit