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These organizations have put their energy and resources where their passions lie. We welcome their vision and support.
National Ski Areas Association (NSAA)
The National Ski Areas Association is the trade association for ski area owners and operators. It represents 326 alpine resorts that account for more than 90 percent of the skier/snowboarder visits nationwide.
America Outdoors Association
The America Outdoors Association ® mission is growing, protecting and supporting America's outfitting businesses. We represent the outfitting industry and the public that the industry serves in policy-making to maintain access to recreation resources while pursuing a goal of responsible shared-use of our precious natural heritage.
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)
The Outdoor Industry Association is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry.
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC)
ARVC is the only national association exclusively representing the interests of all commercial RV Parks and Campgrounds in the United States. Membership includes RV parks and campgrounds, cabin and lodge resorts, membership campgrounds and resorts, industry suppliers and park developers.
Trout Unlimited, sponsored by Victorinox Swiss Army
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of more than 30 offices nationwide. These conservation professionals ensure that TU is at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.
Back Country Horsemen of America, sponsored by Victorinox Swiss Army
Back Country Horsemen of America is a 501c3 non-profit who's purpose is to: perpetuate the common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America's back country and wilderness, work to insure that public lands remain open to recreational stock use, assist the various government and private agencies in their maintenance and management of said resource, educate, encourage and solicit active participation in the wise use of the back country resource by horsemen and the general public commensurate with our heritage and foster and encourage the formation of new state Back Country Horsemen's organizations.
American Trail Running Association, sponsored by Trans Rockies
The American Trail Running Association, ATRA, was formed in mid-1996 as a Colorado not for profit corporation to serve the trail and mountain running community. Our mission is to represent and promote trail and mountain running. We offer individual, club, race and corporate memberships
International Mountain Biking Association, sponsored by Trans Rockies
The International Mountain Bicycling Association is a non-profit educational association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers worldwide. Since 1988, IMBA has been bringing out the best in mountain biking by encouraging low-impact riding, volunteer trail work participation, cooperation among different trail user groups, grassroots advocacy and innovative trail management solutions.
Leave No Trace, sponsored by Outside Magazine
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide. Leave No Trace was incorporated as a 501-c-3, nonprofit organization in 1994, though the Leave No Trace concept is over 40 years old. Leave No Trace was formally conceived of by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service in the 1960's. However, as public land use expanded and land managers witnessed the biophysical effects of this use, the Forest Service along with the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management developed early wilderness ethics practices.
The Conservation Alliance, sponsored by Outside Magazine
The Conservation Alliance's mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values. The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor industry companies that disburses its collective annual membership dues to grassroots environmental organizations. We direct our funding to community-based campaigns to protect threatened wild habitat, preferably where outdoor enthusiasts recreate. The Alliance was founded in 1989 by industry leaders REI, Patagonia, The North Face, and Kelty, who shared the goal of increasing outdoor industry support for conservation efforts. We now have more than 170 member companies, and will disburse $900,000 in 2009.