ORR Applauds USDA’s $800 million Investment in Climate Smart Infrastructure

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Announcement of climate-smart investments timely for Wednesday’s outdoor sector summit on next generation, electric recreation vehicles

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) celebrates Secretary Tom Vilsack’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing nearly $800 million in climate-smart infrastructure across 40 states and several U.S. territories. The investments will support better access to safe water and/or clean energy for disadvantaged communities.

“High-quality trails, campgrounds, marinas, and other recreation infrastructure projects are crucial to healthy outdoor recreation economies, as are renewable energy and energy efficiency, rural services and utilities, water quality, high-speed broadband access, and much more. These critical investments ensure that our nation’s recreation destinations can thrive while mitigating their impacts on a changing climate and ensuring sustainable access for generations to come,” said Jessica Turner, president of ORR. “The outdoor recreation industry applauds these investments in communities across the nation that will improve the quality of life and opportunities for all who live in them.”

Turner continued, “Now we have an opportunity is to connect these investments to new charging infrastructure in recreation destinations. This week the outdoor recreation industry will hold one of the first industry-wide summits with cross-sector companies to discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating electric and other alternative fueled vehicles into outdoor recreation. We are excited to start this dialogue and work with businesses, communities, and elected leaders on how best to transition to cleaner technologies in outdoor recreation.”

*More information on ORR’s summit:

Electric Vehicles and Next Generation Technologies for Outdoor Recreation Summit

Join ORR as we convene our membership, cross-sector businesses, federal agencies, and members of Congress for a thought-leadership summit on next generation technologies and the recreation economy.

Speakers include leaders from:

Brunswick Corporation
Hispanic Access Foundation
Kampgrounds of America, Inc.
Michigan Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
National Marine Manufacturers Association
QuietKat
Rivian
Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
The Corps Network
THOR Industries/Airstream
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Forest Service – Recreation.gov
White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy
Winnebago Industries and more

April 27, 1:00-4:00pm ET Reception to follow Eaton House, Washington, D.C.

**Media interested in attending please contact Cody Wertz, cody@freestone-strategies.com