Broad outdoor recreation coalition calls on Congress to pass first-ever recreation package

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Led by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), outdoor recreation businesses and associations are calling on Congress to enact legacy legislation for our great outdoors by passing a first-of-its-kind recreation package. There are dozens of bipartisan, bicameral bills that don’t cost taxpayers money and make common sense updates or reforms in order to help outdoor business continue to create jobs, grow local economies and improve land and water management, helping all people enjoy the outdoors in their communities or on our iconic public lands system across the country.

With the introduction of The Outdoor Recreation Act today, now is the time to gear our recreation policies up for the 21st century as visitation and demand for outdoor recreation is increasing in every corner of the U.S. In addition to The Outdoor Recreation Act, ORR has been pushing for a recreation package to include the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, the Ski Hill Resources for Economic Development (SHRED) Act, the Modernizing Access to Public Land Act (MAPLand Act), and the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (RNR), among other bipartisan and pragmatic outdoor recreation legislation.

“Across the nation, we see outdoor recreation bolstering local communities’ economies, employing millions of Americans and contributing to the physical and mental health of Americans before, during and eventually after the pandemic,” said Jessica (Wahl) Turner, president of Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. “We need these common-sense bills to help get more people get outside, while protecting our natural resources now and for generations to come. These bills, if passed, will ensure the outdoor recreation industry can keep doing what we do best – contribute to healthy people, places, economies, and communities.

Turner continued, “Other industry sectors of similar size have packages all the time, and the outdoor recreation industry needs to be the same. The bills we are asking for in this package don’t cost taxpayers anything – they are simply better tools and streamlined policies for agencies to help get more Americans better access to the outdoors.”

Click here to read ORR’s letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.