Derrick Crandall

Derrick Crandall became President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Recreation Coalition in1981. He is also the Executive Vice President of The Recreation Roundtable, Chair of both the Scenic Byways Coalition and the National Recreation Lakes Coalition and co-chairs the Coalition for Recreational Trails.  He formerly chaired and now serves as Treasurer of the American League of Anglers and Boaters.  He served as a member of the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors from 1985 to 1987 and the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality from 1990 to 1992.  He was the initial Chairman of the Take Pride in America Advisory Board, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and chaired the Take Pride in America Partners Council.  He was a Founding Director of the National Forest Foundation, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.  He has served on several national judging panels for the Departments of the Interior, Commerce and Transportation.  He received the Spirit of Take Pride Award in October 2004 and was recognized with a Centennial Award by the USDA Forest Service.  He served on the National Park System Advisory Board Health and Recreation Committee.   He serves in leadership roles on numerous community and philanthropic organizations including the executive committee of WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World.  USA Today has described him as “the outdoor guru.”

The American Recreation Coalition is a nonprofit, Washington-based federation founded in 1979. The association provides a unified voice for recreation interests to ensure their full and active participation in government policy-making. Among ARC’s primary missions is the stimulation of partnerships to provide quality recreation opportunities.  Many of these partnerships combine the resources of the private sector with public agencies, including:  the preparation and printing of brochures and maps for the National Park Service and Forest Service; coordinating and conducting meetings and events including monthly Recreation Exchanges, the annual Partners Outdoors conference and Great Outdoors Month and Week; and the establishment of partnerships between federal agencies and companies for such projects as scenic byways and Take Pride in America.

Derrick Crandall                                                          
American Recreation Coalition
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Washington, D.C.   20005
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