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Contract for National Recreation Reservation Services Awarded by Federal Agencies


ReserveAmerica Awarded the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS™) Contract

America’s Leading Recreation Reservation Service to Make
‘Recreation One-Stop’ a Reality, Establishing a Central Service
for Planning Trips to America’s Beautiful Public Lands

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- ReserveAmerica, the United States’ leading outdoor recreation reservation and campground management solutions provider, today announced it was awarded the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS™) contract. The NRRS™ contract integrates what were previously two separate recreation-related reservation systems, the National Park Reservation Service (NPRS) and the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). The NRRS
contract, positioned as ‘Recreation One-Stop,” will consist of all the federal recreation agencies including but not limited to the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation, among other government agencies. ReserveAmerica has processed and managed over 189 million dollars in use fees for the NRRS since 1997, while achieving a rating of ‘exceeding expectations’ from 98% of surveyed consumers using the ReserveAmerica provided system and services.

“This contract award recognizes ReserveAmerica’s proven capability to deliver exceptional consumer satisfaction levels and state-of-the-art technological solutions for management of campgrounds and ticketing of historic sites. On behalf of our employees across America, from Ballston Spa, NY to Rancho Cordova, CA, I would like to welcome the participating government agencies in the Recreation One-Stop initiative, and further convey our continuing commitment to providing both the Federal agencies and the American public, with a service that continues to exceed expectations,” remarked Brock Weatherup, President of ReserveAmerica. “With our recent launch of ORMS, America’s state-of-the-art recreation reservation platform, and as we manage record levels of online reservations, ReserveAmerica looks forward to the next 10 years of leading the industry with technology innovations and successful partnerships with the NRRS participating federal agencies.”

“This is a great day for outdoor recreation in America! The enhanced NRRS Recreation One-Stop will provide a valuable service to the public, making it easier for millions of Americans to discover and capitalize on the diverse range of opportunities found on lands covering one-third of the nation—the lands and waters that belong to us all,” said Derrick Crandall, President of the American Recreation Coalition. “We applaud the Departments of Agriculture, the Interior and the Army for working together to unify all of these offerings into a single system and inviting top companies to develop the technology and communications tools needed. We have great confidence in the selected company, ReserveAmerica, which has successfully managed the precursor system since 1997 with outstanding customer satisfaction and a commitment to innovation. ReserveAmerica is an excellent choice to make Recreation One-Stop’s potential a reality.”

ReserveAmerica has successfully managed more than 25 million reservations from 1984 to 2004, with 3.5 million reservations processed by ReserveAmerica in 2003. Roughly 485 million dollars in recreation use fees have been processed and delivered to ReserveAmerica’s State and Federal agency partners during the past 20 years of industry leadership. ReserveAmerica led the camping industry to the Internet by processing America’s first online camping reservation in September 1997.

“The NRRS contract will expand ReserveAmerica’s business and create a significant number of new jobs at our core offices located in Ballston Spa, NY, Madison, WI and Rancho Cordova, CA,” said Annette Hatch, Director of Federal Partnerships for ReserveAmerica. “Currently employing more than 800 staff in our five U.S. data and call centers, we are proud to have the phone calls and systems supporting America’s beautiful public lands handled by our experienced and dedicated employees.”

To help manage and facilitate the more than 3 million reservations and reservations management needs for more than 150,000 campsites each year, ReserveAmerica employs more than 800 full and part-time staff in its 5 US based offices in California, Wisconsin, Texas, New York and Florida and one office in Ontario.

About ReserveAmerica ReserveAmerica is North America’s leading camping reservation and campground management solutions provider. ReserveAmerica specializes in complete reservations solutions, stand-alone call center/database management tools, online reservations solutions and park software solutions. The Company manages the largest reservable campsite inventory with partnerships throughout North America.

ReserveAmerica is a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI).


"Today's announcement represents a major win for those who favor the Corporate Takeover of Nature and the Disneyfication of the Wild."

The appended news release issued by the corporate owners of Ticketmaster marks another milestone in the privatization of public lands. And as you would expect, the American Recreation Coalition is once again, right in the middle of it. When you read their new release be aware that ReserveAmerica's Brock Weatherup is a member of ARC's Recreation Roundtable, a cabal of 25 or so recreation and tourism industry executives. The Recreation Roundtable is today the single most powerful force shaping recreation policy upon America's federally managed public lands.

The Recreation One Stop campaign has been a multi-year effort spearheaded by the ARC.  Its mission has been to further commodify outdoor recreation and gain a private-sector monopoly wherein the private sector becomes the gatekeeper to public land access. Understand that virtually anything you might ever want to do on public lands will, in the very near future, be subject to permits, user-fees and reservations --- all of which will be available through this Ticketmaster company and for all of which a hefty additional service charge fee will be levied. Understand that the mere fact that something can be reserved ---in-and-of-itself--- creates a commodity where none existed.

And finally understand that reservation systems favor the wealthy, take the spontaneity out of vacation travel and ensure that our nation's public lands will become increasingly commercialized and privatized. Today's announcement marks a black day for those millions of Americans who've long loved lands that were wild and free.

Today's announcement was represents a major win for those who favor the Corporate Takeover of Nature and the Disneyfication of the Wild.


PS... a similar new release can be read at ARC's homepage

Scott Silver
Wild Wilderness
248 NW Wilmington Ave.
Bend, OR 97701




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"Through the Project Agreement, the Forest Service is seeking a contractor to develop and operate a state-of-the-art reservation service, complete with facilities, personnel,
marketing, materials, equipment, communications, information distribution, and transaction record processing. The NRRS will provide opportunities for customers to reserve, in advance, specific Federal recreation facilities and activities. The NRRS includes, but is not limited to, camping reservations, wilderness permit reservations, tour ticketing, and lotteries. Reservations will be made through multiple sales channels.
--Scott Silver

Note: This is a calculated effort to make fundamental changes in our lives. This is not a Democrats vs. Republicans thing! We must not permit corporate greed to privatize our public lands!  Please do all you can to elect John Kerry and John Edwards!  We switched parties, so can you.
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