Byways 2021: A project of the Scenic Byways Coalition and America’s Byways Resource Center

About Derrick Crandall

Derrick Crandall DERRICK CRANDALL — is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Recreation Coalition, a position he has held since 1981. He is the Executive Vice President of The Recreation Roundtable and serves as Co-Chair of the National Recreation Lakes Coalition, the Scenic Byways Coalition and the Coalition for Recreational Trails as well as Treasurer of the American League of Anglers and Boaters. He served as a member of the President’s Commission on Americans Outdoors from 1985 to 1987. He received the Chevron Conservation Award and was named to the President’s Commission on Environmental Quality in 1991. He was also Chairman of the Take Pride in America Advisory Board, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and a Founding Director of the National Forest Foundation, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. He has served on several national judging panels, including co-chairing the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Take Pride in America award program.

Among the dozens of public-policy programs in which he has played a central role are the National Scenic Byways Program, Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, Recreational Trails Program, Wallop-Breaux Program, and the National Recreation Lakes Study Commission. These efforts have been recognized in many ways, including induction into the RV Hall of Fame and receipt of the Annual Award of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. USA Today has described him as “the outdoor guru.” He received the Spirit of Take Pride Award in October 2004 and was recognized with a Centennial Award by the Forest Service. He serves as a member of the National Park System Advisory Board Health and Recreation Committee. Mr. Crandall served on the Board of the American Society of Association Executives for seven years, including two terms as Vice Chairman. He received ASAE’s Professional Performance Award in 1980, his Certified Association Executive recognition in 1990 and was named an ASAE Fellow in 1992. He has served in leadership roles on numerous community and philanthropic organizations including the executive committee of WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College.