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Outdoor Alliance Hosts Partnership Summit in Colorado

For Immediate Release 12-6-2012

Contact Mark Eller
IMBA Communications Director
markeller [at] imba [dot] com
303-545-9011 ext. 115

The first-ever Outdoor Alliance Partnership Summit kicked off on the evening of Dec. 6, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, CO.

The Outdoor Alliance (OA) is a coalition of six conservation and recreation groups, ranging from hikers and climbers to paddlers and mountain bikers. The two-day meeting brings together field staff from each of the six groups — as well as representatives from state and federal land management agencies — to share stories of successful working relationships from around the United States. IMBA is one of the OA’s founding partners.

“When people think of public lands, it’s too often that they focus on the same old argument of recreation versus extraction,” says Adam Cramer, Policy Architect for OA. “This event brings leaders together to figure out how to strike the best balance of land use and protection.”

The summit opened with a videotaped address from Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). He praised the Outdoor Alliance for its successes combining local efforts with federal initiatives to mobilize the next generation of outdoor stewards.

Sessions will cover a wide range of topics including the economic benefits of shared-use trail systems, ecological benefits of river restoration, successful travel management planning, youth engagement through mountain biking and partnership techniques for turning innovative visions into real projects.

The six member groups of OA include: Access Fund, American Canoe Association, American Hiking Society, American Whitewater, Winter Wildlands, and the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Together, they have a long tradition of preserving public access to American’s outdoors, making sure people have trails to hike, waters to paddle, mountains to ski and crags to climb. The goal of the Outdoor Alliance is to ensure conservation and stewardship of our nation’s land and waters through the promotion of sustainable, human-powered recreation.