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America’s Outdoor Recreation Act Gains Momentum

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has recently passed America’s Outdoor Recreation Act , marking a significant milestone for the $862 billion outdoor recreation industry. 

This first-ever package specific to the industry has been acknowledged by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), highlighting its potential to enhance the nation’s campgrounds and improve the experiences of outdoor enthusiasts, as per the News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association (RVIA).

“America’s Outdoor Recreation Act is crucial to the RV industry and the wider outdoor recreation industry. It remains a significant factor in making sustainable improvements to our nation’s campgrounds and improving the experiences of current and future RVers,” said RVIA President & CEO Craig Kirby.

He also thanked Senators Manchin and Barrasso for their steadfast leadership on advancing this important bipartisan legislation.

“We are so thrilled America’s Outdoor Recreation Act continues to move forward in Congress, showcasing how the outdoor recreation economy transcends politics and benefits all Americans who enjoy the outdoors,” said ORR President Jessica Wahl Turner.

She also acknowledged the support from Senators Manchin, Barrasso, and other champions of the outdoor industry in Congress.

The outdoor recreation industry contributes $862 billion dollars to the national economy, accounts for nearly 2% of national GDP, and generates 4.5 million jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

The industry plays a vital role in both rural and urban communities across the nation. The ORR’s diverse membership is dedicated to ensuring the industry continues to grow sustainably, supporting its workforce and businesses, while expanding access to all Americans.

Supporters of the Act emphasize its potential to remove outdated regulations in the outfitter-guide permitting system, making it easier for guide services and outdoor organizations to provide climbing and skiing experiences on public lands. 

Additionally, the Act aims to improve access and the permitting process for outfitters and public land agencies, enabling more Americans to connect with the shared American landscape.

The Act is also expected to bolster the outdoor recreation economy in various states. For instance, outdoor recreation generates over 4% of Montana’s GDP, ranking second in the nation only to Hawaii. Provisions within the Act support funding rural economic development in gateway communities and enhancing public access to public land.

America’s Outdoor Recreation Act, if enacted, is expected to create additional opportunities for motorized access to federal recreational lands, improve recreation infrastructure, and support local communities. 

Advocates also believe it will bolster the nation’s economy. As the number of Americans participating in outdoor recreational activities continues to rise, the Act has the potential to provide significant mental and physical health benefits to the public.

With widespread support from lawmakers, outdoor industry leaders, and stakeholders, the Act’s progress in Congress demonstrates a strong commitment to improving access to America’s lands and waters.

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May 13, 2024 12:54 am

My goodness, have you heard the fantastic news about the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act gaining ground? It’s so exciting to see Senators Manchin and Barrasso working together to enhance outdoor opportunities. This legislation could really boost rural economies and bring positive growth to the outdoor recreation industry nationwide.


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