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

ORR, NGA Launch Outdoor Recreation Learning Network to Promote Economic Growth Through the Outdoor Industry

The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the launch of the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network – of which the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) is a founding sponsor – to help governors and their staff leverage their states’ unique natural, cultural and historical outdoor recreation resources to advance economic, workforce, health and environmental benefits. “ORR is…Read More

ORR Applauds Creation of Office of Outdoor Recreation in Virginia

Virginia joined a growing number of states that have embraced the importance of the outdoor industry by establishing an Office of Outdoor Recreation – drawing praise from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR). Governor Ralph Northam unveiled the office at an event today in Roanoke, VA,  which was attended by ORR and its members – including…Read More

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