ATA Summit: It’s A Wrap
The ATA Archery and Bowhunting Summit has been held each year since 2003, and most recently in Birmingham, Ala., Dec. 7-9, 2010. Attending were about 90 representatives from the archery manufacturing and retailing industry, state and federal wildlife agencies, conservation organizations, school- and community-based youth archery programs, and ATA staff.
During the three-day Summit, participants shared success stories, identified barriers they encountered, and suggested strategies for overcoming them. Speakers from around the country detailed new community archery parks they built, outlined the remarkable growth in summer and after-school youth archery programs, and discussed the economic boosts archery retailers receive where archery programs take hold.
Each year, attending states and organizations submit a report of their accomplishments and programs. These reports have been combined and finalized. You can download the full 2010 Summit report here.
Look For It!
The May issue of ArrowTrade will include an ATA column that expands on and explains the many efforts discussed at the December Summit. The column will unpack details and highlight case studies of innovative programs that work. One such case reveals the solid correlation between a community archery program and the positive impact it has on a local archery shop.
Did You Know?
The ATA spent more than $15,000 to hire the services of a landscape architect to design archery parks and facilities for many state wildlife agencies.