Forests & Recreation
National Travel and Tourism Strategy
American Forests supports the use of our natural resources – forests, land, and water, as a way to promote recreational opportunities and tourism in the U.S. We believe that forests are for everyone to enjoy and that they are essential for increasing travel and tourism statistics in the United States. These comments encourage that the National Task Force on Travel and Competitiveness prioritize the inclusion of outdoor recreation programs in the National Travel and Tourism Strategy.
Comments on Colorado Roadless Rule
American Forests has shown its support in protecting roadless areas for rural communities and outdoor recreationalists through comments on the 2001 National Roadless Rule and the 2011 Colorado Roadless Rule. These comments expand upon the 2001 National Rule, asking for higher levels of protection for more acres. In order to offer full protection of air, water, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources; we have recommended that Colorado designate acreage comparable to Idaho’s already established state rule.
America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative
In 2010, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative as part of a new national conservation and recreation agenda. AGO is based on the principles that our nation’s conservation solutions should rise from the people, and that protecting of our environment and natural resources is a goal that all Americans can share. The AGO report outlines the ways in which the Federal Government will work with local communities to reach their conservation and recreation goals. American Forests supports this initiative and continues to advocate for increased conservation of America’s forests for all the benefits they provide.
Comments on 2004 Roadless Rule
American Forests has been a strong supporter for increased protection of roadless areas since January 1998, when a national moratorium on roadbuilding in roadless areas was first announced, leading to the Roadless Area Conservation Rule of 2001. We believe roadless areas need greater protection because they provide vital ecosystem services to society such as clean air and water; critical fish, wildlife, and plant habitat; and climate regulation. These services also provide economic value that compares favorably with commodity production and other extraction-based activities which generally require road building.