ORR Executive Director Jessica Wahl Testifies Before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

ORR testified on Capitol Hill this week. Executive Director Jessica Wahl was invited to testify on the deferred maintenance backlog and potential solutions by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. This hearing represented an extraordinary bipartisan opportunity to explore how we can improve recreation infrastructure essential to outdoor pursuits on our public lands and waters. While visitation to…Read More

U.S. Senate Unanimously Declares June 2019 Great Outdoors Month

The United States Senate unanimously approved S. Res. 239, designating June as Great Outdoors Month.  The resolution action was led once again by U.S. Senator Steve Daines of Montana, who led parallel efforts in 2017 and 2018.  The full list of Senators leading this effort, literally spanning the nation from Maine to Hawai’i and appropriately…Read More

President Proclaims June 2019 Great Outdoors Month

GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH, 2019 A PROCLAMATION Each year, millions of Americans step into our Nation’s vast and wondrous outdoors. There, they experience the miracles of creation: expansive forests, towering mountains, winding canyons, pristine waters, imposing glaciers, and soaring landscapes. These natural marvels offer limitless opportunity to experience nature and to consider the profound. During Great…Read More

SOAR Act Introduced in Congress

Bill would simplify permitting processes for outdoor guides and outfitters Americans’ ability to participate in outdoor recreation on our public lands and waters took a major step forward this week with the introduction of the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act by Senators Martin Heinrich (D, NM) and Shelley Moore Capito (R, WV). This…Read More

Understanding Outdoor Recreation’s Important Role in the Infrastructure Debate

by Thom Dammrich – Chair, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable & President, National Marine Manufacturers Association When someone mentions infrastructure, the first images that immediately come to mind are typically roads and bridges. However, for many people across the country, infrastructure is much more than that – especially for our nation’s recreational boaters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts….Read More