FACTSHEET: American Recreation Coalition, ARC
1225 New York Ave NW.Suite 450.Washington, DC 20004
The American Recreation Coalition was formed in 1979 to "catalyze public/private partnerships" on public lands. ARC represents the interests of the motorized recreation industry (snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, and RVs), ski areas, amusement parks and concessionaires.
ARC takes credit for helping create the controversial Recreation Fee Demonstration Program. The program requires buying passes to use even remote and often minimally maintained National Forest trails. Opponents fear commercialization of wilderness and emphasis on higher profit and higher impact activities such as snowmobiling and boating. ARC also introduced a proposal to the House Agriculture Committee on May 8, 1998 that argued private companies should take over Forest Service campgrounds. (http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/crandall.htm) "Sustaining Members" include American Council of Snowmobile Associations, International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, Kampgrounds of America, National Marine Manufacturers Association, National Park Hospitality Association, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, and the Walt Disney Company.
American Recreation Coalition has received $0 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
$unknown Exxon Corporation
Source: ARC literature, 5/93