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    Choose Outdoors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. All donations will be used to promote outdoor recreation and support for public lands and waters; recreation infra-structure; and programs connecting Americans to the outdoors.

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    Choose Outdoors is a non-profit organization located in Pine, Colorado and Washington DC. It was created to help unite the many diverse interests using our public lands with emphasis on promoting and preserving access, use and the future of outdoor recreation on our public lands.



    Mission—Choose Outdoors provides support for our nation's public lands by promoting outdoor recreation and active lifestyles. We do this through:

    • Direct work with agencies and partners to create effective outdoor education, learning, volunteer opportunities, and experiences for people of all ages;
    • Work as an advocate in favor of outdoor recreation and bring together the support of industries associated with the outdoors; and
    • Support for investment in recreation programs and infrastructure to promote active lifestyles.



    2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

    The 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

    • Next Christmas, an evergreen from the Chugach National Forest will serve as the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, the first time a tree from Alaska has had the honor, the U.S. Forest Service announced Monday.

      Thousands of ornaments for "the People's Tree" and smaller trees in government offices in Washington, D.C., will be made by schoolchildren around Alaska, the Forest Service said in its announcement.

      Sen. Lisa Murkowski took to Twitter to share the news and was quoted in the Forest Service's press release as saying, "Countless Alaskans have cut down their own Christmas tree(s) from the Chugach over the years, and I'm glad that the U.S. Capitol is following suit. ... This is truly a well-deserved recognition for Alaskans to be proud of."

      The tradition of placing a Christmas tree on the west lawn of the Capitol during the holiday season began in 1964, and since 1970, a different national forest has been selected to provide the tree each year. The 2014 tree came from Minnesota's Chippewa National Forest and made appearances all over Minnesota and the Midwest before arriving in Washington. The Forest Service said it will work with Sen. Murkowski to schedule "events and community collaboration across Alaska."


     

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    • Groups rally behind National Forest Systems Trail Stewardship Act



      Monday, March 16, 2015



      Outdoor recreation and conservation groups including the Backcountry Horsemen of America, The Wilderness Society, the American Horse Council, motorized recreation groups, outfitters and guides expressed their support for congressional legislation that would improve access and public safety on national forests and better address the persistent, growing backlog for trail maintenance on public lands.



      Brewers Unite for International Day of Forests



      March 21, 2015



      In honor of the International Day of Forests, March 21, 2015, internationally acclaimed brewmeister Finn Knudsen, in cooperation with Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit focused on enjoyment and appreciation of our public lands, is calling on breweries around the world to develop their own special beer commemorating the importance of sustainable forestry and the world's forests.


      Wildfires, Who is to blame?



      Apr 2nd, 2012 by Bruce Ward - Founder, Choose Outdoors



      As I write this, I can still see smoke and flames from my home. My family and I live just southwest of Denver in the "wilderness urban interface". We have lived here for decades because of our love of Colorado's beauty, but now the yearly "fire watch" causes us pause as we hold our breath in the annual exercise hoping the forest around us doesn't turn to smoke. This week's fire - the Lower North Fork – is now approximately 70% contained – another massive catastrophic Colorado wildfire now claiming at least three human lives, plus 27 homes, over 4,200 acres southwest of Denver in this most beautiful "wilderness urban interface".


      The Future of our Forests: Wildfire Disaster Funding Excluded From FY15 Omnibus



      December 15, 2014 (Denver, CO) — A critical provision to all who love and appreciate our nation's forests was excluded from the recently passed Omnibus Act. The Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act, released last week by Congress, would fund most of the federal government through September 30. Choose Outdoors, a coalition of outdoor recreation interests and a member of The Fire Suppression Funding Solutions Partner Caucus, a diverse set of international, national, tribal, and local organizations interested in sustainable land management on private, tribal, municipal, state, and federal lands, strongly supported the bill and hoped to see it passed through this Congress. […]






      Working together for the the greatest good





    • Harry Scarborough Joins Choose Outdoors, Inc. as Legal Counsel/Advisory Council Member


      (Denver, CO) January 16, 2015 : Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit focused on "Connecting to our Public Lands through Outdoor Recreation" recently announced the addition of Harry L Scarborough as Legal Counsel and member of its Advisory Council. Mr. Scarborough, is a resident of Denver, Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Alaska and the University of Oregon Law School. He moved to Colorado from Texas where he was recognized eight times as a 'Texas Rising Stars' by Texas Monthly and was featured in H Magazine as one of 'Houston's Top Lawyers' 2010 – 2013



      Outdoor recreation spending near $22 billion annually in Washington state, study says




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