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During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches. [ LEARN MORE ]



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Great Participation at the Big Tent Meeting!
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Great Participation at the Big Tent Meeting!

June 8 meeting at the Nature Conservancy

Meeting highlights:

Recognition to the 11 inaugural board members who helped establish the coalition as a 501c6, and served as our first board members.  Doug Levy, President; Marc Berejka, Vice President; Andrea Imler, Secretary; John Keates, Treasurer; and the at large board members - Bruce Botka; Tom Bugert; Bill Clarke; John Gifford; Katherine Hollis; Jim King; and Peter Schrappen.

Confirmation and welcome for our 2015-2016 board members:

  • Doug Levy, President
  • Marc Berejka, Vice President
  • Andrea Imler, Secretary
  • John Keates, Treasurer
  • Hannah Anderson - at large
  • Tom Bugert - at large
  • Bill Clarke - at large
  • Linda Driscol - at large
  • John Gifford - at large
  • Vlad Gutman - at large
  • Katherine Hollis - at large
  • Ted Jackson - at large
  • Arvilla Ohlde - at large
  • Mike Racine - at large
  • Peter Schrappen - at large
  • Bruce Botka, Ex-Officio

​Resolution: Expressing Appreciation and Gratitude for Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI)

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