Founded in 1948, the National Forest Recreation Association represents and serves as an advocate for outdoor recreation businesses offering quality opportunities to visitors on public lands and waters across the United States.  NFRA works to forge strong partnerships with federal and state land management agencies. Additionally, we maintain our membership with other recreation coalitions so as to maximize the recreation industry’s voice.

The Association provides an array of member services to the lodges, resorts, marinas, pack stations, youth camps, retail stores, restaurants, campgrounds, RV parks, winter sports areas, outfitters, and other companies that comprise the membership.

If you operate on public lands, including those administered by the USDA Forest Service; USDI National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Bureau of Reclamation; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; or on state park lands – NFRA provides services that can help your company.

Vendor/Supplier Members

NFRA has a number of vendor/supplier members who participate in the Association, and who offer valuable products and services to NFRA members.

NFRA Member Services

Member benefits include the following:

Association Offices and Staff
NFRA’s staff is available to assist members in their relationships with federal agencies and elected officials. The staff also acts as a source of technical information and resource referral for members.

Capitol Contacts
NFRA is dedicated to keeping its members informed on proposed and pending legislation, as well as policy and regulatory changes within the federal agencies. NFRA staff also serves as a contact for members in arranging meetings with elected and agency officials in Washington, DC.

Annual Conference
NFRA has hosted an annual Conference  for over 70 years, and continues that tradition today.

Each year, this Conference attracts business operators of resorts, campgrounds, marinas, stores, organizational camps, pack stations, and outfitter guides. The Conference provides permit holders and agency participants an excellent opportunity to learn about current programs and priorities from recreation leaders throughout the country.  The Conference also offers technical sessions to help businesses improve their operations.

An electronic newsletter is sent out several times throughout the year featuring articles and information of concern and value to businesses operating on federal lands.  In addition, NFRA notifies its members frequently through regular e-mails on issues that may be of interest.