Monthly Archives: February 2011

You Gotta Have Friends newsletter

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Nominate an outdoor hero, net $5,000 for their cause

L.L.Bean has launched the Outdoor Hero Award program. Selected heroes will receive a $500 L.L.Bean Gift Card and a commemorative award. A $5,000 contribution will be made in his or her name to the organization associated with the nomination. The heroes’ … Continue reading

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Date set for Rochester Transportation and Infrastructure Listening Session

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Congressman John L. Mica (R-FL) is hosting listening sessions and other meetings around the country to inform the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s drafting of a long-term reauthorization of the nation’s surface transportation programs. The Committee is … Continue reading

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Funding for trails under attack

The House of Representatives will vote on legislation (H.R. 1) that would cut current spending by at least $100 billion below the President’s FY 2011 request. Here’s how H.R. 1 will affect trail funding. Land and Water Conservation Fund: The … Continue reading

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Benefits of Outdoor Exercise Confirmed

A recent Science Daily report touts the multiple are benefits to mental and physical well-being from taking exercise in the natural environment. Study findings were published in the research journal Environmental Science and Technology earlier this month.  The research team, supported by … Continue reading

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Bike and Pedestrian projects: creating jobs

According to a new report from the Political Economy Research Institute, building bike lanes and pedestrian facilities creates more jobs per million dollars spent than road repairs and road resurfacing. Rep. John Mica (R-Florida), chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure … Continue reading

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Funding for bicycle-pedestrian projects at risk

All bets are off when it comes to the federal funding programs that have had such a dramatic impact on bicycling, walking, and trail development in the last 20 years.  The new, more conservative Congress is poised to draft the … Continue reading

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Nominate a trail for an RTP Achievement Award!

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, has announced their 2011 achievement awards to recognize outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program (RTP).  The awards will be presented on June 15th … Continue reading

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Save the date: May 23 – 26 for the 31st Annual National Recreation Resource Planning Conference

The 31st Annual National Recreation Resource Planning Conference “Innovations in Connecting Americans to Our Great Outdoors” Breckenridge, Colorado – May 23-26, 2011, Beaver Run Conference Center Outdoor recreation leaders from around the nation are invited to participate in this important conference … Continue reading

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The bike seat vs. your chair

A recent article in the climate change blog Grist touts the benefits of cycling, tells the hard truth about sedentary lifestyles, and pulls no punches dishing about the dangers and social costs of single occupancy vehicle commuting. Read more then … Continue reading

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