Partnership for Reinventing Government
Websites Featured in Washington Post Story
Three federal websites that appeal to outdoor enthusiasts were featured
today in a special report by Steve Hendrix in The Washington Post
finding the net to be an increasingly useful part of my outdoors
kit - at least when used before I head out," Hendrix wrote in his
article, "Indoor Surfing, Outdoor Sites."
He recommends these federal sites among those to bookmark.
Lands - "This is one I discovered only recently while searching
for information on Bureau of Land Management properties," he wrote,
adding parenthetically that BLM lands are the great secret of western
camping. "What I found was that some smart bureaucrat has assembled
recreation facts on all the great land-holding federal agencies,
including BLM, the Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife,
and the Bureau of Reclamation. You can search state-by-state in
more than 20 categories (hiking, water sports, horseback riding,
wildlife, hunting, etc.)"
Vice President Gore asked this group of agencies, which also includes
the Army Corps of Engineers, to develop this one-stop recreation
site, and later gave them a Hammer Award for their achievement in
reinventing government. In 1998, GovExec.com named this site as
one of the "Best Feds on the Web."
Forests - "The USDA Forest Service has collected links to all
of its holdings, organized here by state," Hendrix wrote. "Each
listing also includes the designated wilderness areas within each
forest. These are often the safest bets for an unspoiled natural
Parks - "This National Park Service Clearinghouse will link
you to all sites covering the more than 370 units, 80 million acres
of the park system. Browse this one just to get a sense of the astonishing
complexity of our most popular public lands agency."
Three of the agencies whose websites Hendrix reviewed are "high
impact" agencies - the Bureau of Land Management, the Park Service,
and the Forest Service. High impact agencies are those that serve
the greatest number of people. Vice President Gore has asked these
agencies especially to focus on their customers and strive to accomplish
results that Americans care about.
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