Outdoor Recreation Industry Celebrates Congress’ Focus on Outdoor Recreation Economy, Small Businesses and Public Lands

This week, Congress focused heavily on the outdoor industry by holding hearings on recreation in both chambers. The House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled “Force of Nature: The Power of Small Businesses in America’s Recreational Infrastructure,” while the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard testimony on outdoor recreation bills that will…Read More

ORR Members to Testify Before Congress on Economic Importance of Outdoor Recreation Economy

House Small Business Committee and Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee to hold important recreation hearings Outdoor recreation will be at the forefront of conversations on Capitol Hill next week. For the first time, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing focused solely on outdoor recreation. The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and…Read More

5 New States Commit to Outdoor Recreation Principles

Signatories to Confluence Accords Reach a Historic 13 GEORGE, UTAH – Outdoor recreation leaders from Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia committed to advance the principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords, on behalf of their governors, at a signing ceremony today. That brings the total number of states to a historic…Read More

New Government Report Reaffirms Outdoor Recreation’s Role as a Significant Economic Driver

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newly released economic data on the national and, for the first time ever, state levels reinforce what the outdoor recreation industry has long believed: Outdoor recreation is a powerful driver of national and local economies and it is growing faster than the U.S. economy as a whole. This is the second consecutive…Read More

America’s public lands and waters need help of Congress

Note: This piece was first published in The Hill on September 9, 2019 By Jessica Wahl, Sandra Marra, Mary Ellen Sprenkel, Land Tawney and Kate Van Waes America’s public lands and waters are our nation’s most treasured resources, but they face a serious problem – a lack of federal investment that has led to $19.3…Read More