ORR Supports Designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable commends the joint efforts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), State of Maryland and Charles County for creating a new National Marine Sanctuary, the first in 19 years. National Marine Sanctuaries support important places for outdoor recreation activities like fishing, boating, paddling, diving and more. The proposed Mallows Bay-Potomac…Read More

ORR Supports Introduction of Recreation Not Red-Tape Act

Congressional focus on recreation continued this week with the bipartisan introduction of the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act in both houses of Congress by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI). This widely supported legislation removes barriers to outdoor recreation, making it easier for all Americans…Read More

ORR Members Testify Before U.S. Trade Representative; Oppose Tariffs that will Hurt Outdoor Recreation

Members of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) are making their case before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), describing just how proposed Section 301 tariffs will hurt the outdoor recreation industry and American consumers. Tom Cove (President and CEO, Sports and Fitness Industry Association), Glenn Hughes (President, American Sportfishing Association), Scott Schloegel (Senior…Read More

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