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    Oregon Outdoor Recreation Development Update: Register for Outdoor Leadership Summit

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    August 18, 2017
    Travel Oregon Industry Update Outdoor Recreation Development
    Register Now for the OSU Outdoor Leadership Summit

    Oregon State University, in partnership with Travel Oregon and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, will host the 2017 Outdoor Leadership Summit in Corvallis Oct. 16-17. The summit will engage community leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and recreation businesses, public agencies, students, and educators from across the state to discuss ways to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry and connect more Oregonians with the outdoors. Keynotes will be presented by Stacy Bare, Director of Sierra Club Outdoors, and Luis Benitez, Director of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Register online

    SAVE THE DATE: Oregon Statewide Trails Summit
    The inaugural Oregon Statewide Trails Summit will be held in Bend on Oct. 27, 2017. The event is focused on bringing the Oregon Trails community together to learn, build relationships and find solutions to the challenges in developing and maintaining a trails network that best serves local communities. Recreation, conservation and planning leaders are invited to attend, along with health professionals, policy makers and trail advocates. Join us for a day of networking and sharing best practices to shape the future of trails in Oregon. Registration will be live at the end of August. Sign up online to receive updates.

    Ron Wyden Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
    Oregon’s Senior Senator, Ron Wyden, has introduced an updated version of the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act (RNR Act) in partnership with Senator Rob Bishop of Utah. The bipartisan bill aims to promote access to outdoor recreation opportunities and boost rural economies across the country. This includes streamlining the permitting process for guides and recreation enthusiasts, holding federal agencies accountable for making outdoor recreation a priority and increasing volunteerism to address the maintenance backlog on America’s public lands. Wyden introduced a previous version of the RNR Act last year after gathering input from outdoor enthusiasts in Oregon about how to improve overly complicated and outdated agency processes that make it more difficult for local recreation businesses to thrive. Read the bill text and a one-page summary of the RNR Act.