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Welcome to America’s Voice for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation.

AVCRP is a diverse group of organizations and businesses united by the common goal of securing continued Congressional funding for conservation, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation programs.

We are currently circulating our letter to congress for signatures. Sign your organization or business on today!


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New Study Touts the Economic Value of Conservation

A new study commissioned by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and carried out by Southwick Associates underscores the economic value of federal investments in conservation. This work expands upon a similar study from 2011, capturing a greater breadth of conservation’s contributions to the US economy. Conservation is part of an economic sector that also includes outdoor recreation and historic preservation that generates $1.7 trillion in economic activity, $211 billion in Federal, State and local tax revenue, and supports 12.8 million US jobs.

You can read the study here.

Click here for a 2 page document with combined conservation, recreation and historic preservation data.



River Recreation Boosts Economy and Creates Jobs

The Outdoor Industry Association recently released a groundbreaking report, “The Outdoor Recreation Economy: Take it Outside for American Jobs and a Strong Economy,” detailing the economic impact of outdoor recreation in the U.S.

Read the full article here.

Conservation Is Patriotic And Has Bipartisan Support

The Nature Conservancy released a bipartisan national poll showing that the conservation of our nation’s land and water is widely supported by American’s across the political spectrum.

Read more.

U.S. Forests Continue to Create Jobs and Boost Economy Through Tourism

The U.S. Department of Agriculture highlighted how our nation’s forests are contributing billions of dollars to the economy and creating jobs through tourism, restoration, and renewable energy initiatives. The U.S. Forest Service released its annual visitor survey which showed Forest Service lands attracted 166 million visitors in 2011, and that visitor spending in nearby communities sustained more than 200,000 full- and part-time jobs. The Forest Service also announced that restoration efforts contributed $21 million to local economies and reduced fire threats on 123,000 acres of land nationwide.

Read the full Press Release here.

Outdoor Recreation: An Overlooked Economic Giant

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has released its newest economic study, which details the role that outdoor recreation plays as a major economic driver in the United States. Outdoor recreation accounts for $646 billion in spending that each year supports 6.1 million direct jobs and $80 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue. This underscores the need for investment by the Federal Government in programs that bolster opportunities for consumers to participate in outdoor recreational activities.

Click here for the whole report.

National Parks Feed the American Soul

National Parks Feed the American Soul, an essay by Ken Burns.

Just before our documentary film series on the history of our national parks was first broadcast on PBS in the fall of 2009, I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to share scenes from the film with President Obama in a small screening room at the White House. It was a great honor.

My wife, three daughters and son-in-law were with me, as was the family of my co-producer and writer, Dayton Duncan. Only a handful of other folks were there, and I have to confess that they blurred into the background as we showed the president highlights from our six-part, 12-hour series.

It was a personal and intimate moment for the president, too, momentarily distracted from the cares of his office. After the screening, he spoke movingly about his own trips to our national parks.

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Interior Secretary Salazar Answers Questions on Conservation and Outdoor Recreation