Just days ago, the President signed the FY18 budget omnibus bill which provides $1.3 trillion to fund the government through September 30th. While many programs that support outdoor activity for children and youth were on the President’s chopping block, they fared much better in Congress’ omnibus package.
Here are a few of the highlights:
AmeriCorps*VISTA received level funding
AmeriCorps State & National received a $26 million bump
Office of Environmental Education at EPA received level funding of $8.7 million
Bay Watershed Education and Training/Environmental Literacy Grants programs at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration received $12.5 million
21st Century Community Learning Centers received level funding of $1.192 billion
Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants (authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act) received $1.1 billion, up from $400 million
Land and Water Conservation Fund received a boost to $436 million
Park Service's Centennial Challenge program received $23 million, up from $20 million
Urban and Community Forestry program got a bump to $28.5 million
Community Development Block Grant program received a bump to $3.24 billion
TIGER grants, which supports transportation initiatives such as sidewalks, trails, and bike paths, saw its budget tripled to $1.5 billion
Obesity grants under CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity increased to $15 million, from $10 million
Kids to Parks (KTP) Day is right around the corner. May 19th is a national day of outdoor play designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands. OAK members and partners are encouraged to pledge your participation, and join the campaign to encourage mayors to proclaim the day.
KTP Day is sponsored by the National Park Trust. OAK is teaming up with the Trust and the National Recreation and Park Association to bring you the KTP Day Advocacy Toolkit -- an easy, step-by-step guide to engaging members of Congress in KTP Day events. For more information, contact Jayni.
The Outdoor Industry is Big Business
The government just tallied the economic footprint of the Outdoor Industry and it's big. At $373 billion, the Industry comprises 2% of our overall GDP -- putting it on par with other major economy-drivers (and larger than oil and mining).
New Outdoor Recreation Council
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke just announced the members of his new "Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. The panel is comprised almost exclusively of industry representatives.
Camping in Detroit
The only campground in Detroit is expected to reopen after nearly 20 years. Thanks to a partnership with the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department, the YMCA of Metro Detroit, the Sierra Club and The Kresge Foundation, the Scout Hollow campground will reopen at Rouge Park.
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