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, tubing rentals, winter sports areas, outfitters, tramways 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 also has a growing 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 and Trade Show
NFRA has hosted an annual conference and trade show for over 70 years, and continues that tradition today. NFRA members in good standing are eligible for discounted registration fees.

Each year, this conference attracts business operators of resorts, campgrounds, marinas, stores, organizational camps, pack stations, and outfitter guides. The conference provides permit holders excellent networking opportunities with vendors, other businesses and with agency recreation leaders from throughout the country.

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.