ORR educates policy makers on the wide variety of benefits that come from investments in outdoor recreation, including new jobs and businesses that help drive local and national economies, community resilience, public health, and quality of life. To ensure these benefits, land and water management agencies require adequate funding to support a thriving outdoor recreation economy and ensure that recreation investments have significant returns for the public. Traditionally, recreation funding has been less than 1% of the federal discretionary budget despite accounting for $862 billion in economic output. ORR also works to ensure the Bureau of Economic Analysis study on the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account is funded to provide the policymakers and the public with annual state and national economic data on the impact of outdoor recreation.
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable promotes the growth of the outdoor recreation economy and outdoor recreation activities. We educate decision makers and the public on balanced policies that conserve public lands and waterways and enhance infrastructure to improve the experience and quality of life of outdoor enthusiasts everywhere.