Recreation Economy for Rural Communities is a new planning assistance program from the U.S. Forest Service, the Northern Border Regional Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency to help communities develop strategies and an action plan to revitalize their main streets through outdoor recreation. Outdoor activities are increasingly popular across the United States. Communities can take advantage of this trend to revitalize main streets. By conserving forests and other natural lands and making them available for outdoor recreation, small towns can boost air quality and water quality and focus development downtown. Communities are invited to apply for planning assistance; the application deadline is May 31, 2019. Click here to learn more and to apply.