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North Dakota Launches Office of Outdoor Recreation to Boost Economy and Enhance Quality of Life

In a significant development for outdoor enthusiasts and the state economy, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has announced the creation of the state’s first Office of Outdoor Recreation. 

The announcement was made at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, marking a strategic move to enhance North Dakota’s economic growth, workforce recruitment, and preservation of natural heritage.

The establishment of this office places North Dakota as the 22nd state in the United States to form such an entity, emphasizing the growing importance of the outdoor sector in state economies, as per the News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association.

Governor Burgum’s announcement follows his participation in the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s National Outdoor Recreation Executive Forum held in Washington, D.C., reflecting a coordinated effort to expand the outdoor recreation sector nationwide.

According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, outdoor recreation contributes $1.3 billion to North Dakota’s economy, accounting for 1.8% of the state’s GDP and supporting 13,615 jobs. This sector not only plays a crucial role in the state’s economic framework but also in promoting healthy lifestyles and connecting people with nature.

The Office of Outdoor Recreation will focus on maximizing the potential of North Dakota’s vast natural landscapes to attract tourists and new residents, while ensuring the sustainability of its natural resources

Jessica Wahl Turner, president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), praised Governor Burgum’s initiative, highlighting the office’s potential to act as a catalyst for growth and innovation in the state’s outdoor recreation industry.

Governor Burgum expressed enthusiasm about the new office, stating, “This new office will allow us to better coordinate with stakeholders and state agencies as they develop plans, strategies, and initiatives to maximize the impact of outdoor recreation in North Dakota.” 

His administration aims to use this office to boost economic development, create jobs, and enhance the state’s appeal as a prime destination for outdoor activities.

The move has also received support from national figures such as Katherine Andrews, director of the Arkansas Office of Outdoor Recreation and chair of the Confluence of States. 

Andrews commended the establishment of the North Dakota office, noting the positive impacts of similar initiatives in other states and expressing eagerness to collaborate on advancing the outdoor recreation agenda.

The ORR supports the establishment of state offices like North Dakota’s through access to data, resources, and communications tools, which are vital for the growth of the recreation sector. More information about the Roundtable’s support for state initiatives can be found on their website.

As North Dakota’s Office of Outdoor Recreation begins its operations, it promises to enhance the quality of life for its residents and position the state as a leader in sustainable outdoor recreational activities. The community and stakeholders eagerly anticipate the new opportunities and benefits that this focused approach to outdoor recreation will bring.

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Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner
May 11, 2024 1:22 pm

Did you hear? North Dakota’s gearing up for some awesome outdoor adventures with the new Office of Outdoor Recreation! Get ready for fun events and educational opportunities to enjoy nature sustainably.

quiltQueen
quiltQueen
May 11, 2024 8:41 pm
Reply to  Andrew Turner

This new venture’s pretty excitin’! Get ready for some amazing outdoor happenings! By the way, ever heard of the benefits of outdoor recreation on mental health? Nature’s like a free therapist, you know!

FluffyK9Pup0d
FluffyK9Pup0d
May 12, 2024 12:57 am
Reply to  quiltQueen

You’re in for a treat! Nature’s the ultimate mood booster. Imagine this: fresh air, sunshine, and all your worries melting away. It’s like a mental spa day without the hefty price tag! Get ready to soak up those outdoor vibes.

BluePup230
BluePup230
May 11, 2024 6:11 pm

Isn’t it exciting how North Dakota is stepping up its outdoor game? With the new Office of Outdoor Recreation, Governor Doug Burgum is all set to boost the economy and charm nature lovers with the state’s breathtaking spots. Time to explore North Dakota’s hidden gems in style!

marvin_moves
marvin_moves
May 11, 2024 11:29 pm

Did you catch wind of North Dakota’s cool Office of Outdoor Recreation? They’re all about spicing up outdoor events, going eco-friendly, and keeping nature pristine for us and the next bunch. Pretty neat, huh?

Nolan Creek
Nolan Creek
May 12, 2024 12:07 am

I’m really excited about North Dakota’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation! It’s not just about boosting the economy. it’s also about connecting with nature and enhancing our well-being. This move shows a commitment to sustainability and collaboration that benefits everyone – the environment, businesses, and us.

EdwardCrest
EdwardCrest
May 12, 2024 5:58 am

Guess what, North Dakota is really stepping up its game by launching the Office of Outdoor Recreation! It’s awesome to see Governor Burgum leading the charge to boost the state’s economy and quality of life. Embracing natural resources for tourism and sustainability? That’s a big win for everyone – residents and visitors alike!

Alex Meadow
Alex Meadow
May 12, 2024 6:31 am
Reply to  EdwardCrest

That’s fantastic news! Celebrating our resources for tourism and sustainability enhances our lives and economy. It’s a win-win situation for the state and us.

ClaraBeam
ClaraBeam
May 12, 2024 9:00 am
Reply to  Alex Meadow

That’s awesome! Celebrating our natural beauty and promoting outdoor activities truly benefits everyone. It’s fantastic to see how embracing our environment can improve both our economy and quality of life. Let’s keep exploring and supporting our outdoor resources to continue reaping these benefits.

vintageVic
vintageVic
May 12, 2024 11:06 pm
Reply to  ClaraBeam

It’s amazing how our outdoors can work wonders for our economy and happiness. Let’s keep exploring and backing our natural treasures. By the way, did you know that outdoor activities can boost mental health and community bonds? Pretty cool, right?

nightOwlNia
nightOwlNia
May 12, 2024 1:41 pm
Reply to  ClaraBeam

Ah, that’s so cool to hear! Being outside and soaking up nature’s vibes is pure magic. Let’s keep exploring and supporting these awesome outdoor spots. When was the last time you ventured out into nature for some fresh air and adventure?

TanyaMuse
TanyaMuse
May 13, 2024 7:52 am
Reply to  nightOwlNia

Let me tell you about the time I went off on a quest for fresh air and adventure! It was like a real-life nature documentary, minus the dramatic soundtrack. I even spotted a mischievous squirrel racing for a snack!

Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell
May 12, 2024 6:16 am

Isn’t it cool how North Dakota’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation isn’t just about bringing in tourists? It’s also about boosting our health, community, and environment. By encouraging outdoor fun, we’re not only growing our economy but also creating a more vibrant and sustainable future for all of us North Dakotans.

LoveLark199
LoveLark199
May 12, 2024 12:23 pm

It’s great to see North Dakota’s focus on diverse benefits from outdoor activities. Let’s continue to prioritize health, community, and the environment in our outdoor pursuits. 😊

Headlinr7l1
Headlinr7l1
May 12, 2024 6:41 am

Isn’t it awesome how North Dakota’s launching the Office of Outdoor Recreation? It’s a brilliant move to boost the economy and highlight the state’s natural beauty. By encouraging sustainable outdoor activities, they’re not just attracting visitors but also promoting a healthy lifestyle among us residents.

ZoeHarvest
ZoeHarvest
May 12, 2024 3:16 pm
Reply to  Headlinr7l1

I’m all in for those outdoor vibes! North Dakota’s got us covered with the Office of Outdoor Recreation. Let’s gear up for epic adventures! Did you know North Dakota’s state bird is the Western Meadowlark?

William Allen
William Allen
May 12, 2024 6:58 am

Did you catch wind of North Dakota’s cool initiative with the Office of Outdoor Recreation? They’re teaming up with all sorts of peeps to amp up sustainable practices and make outdoor vibes even better for everyone! It’s awesome how they’re on board with conservation and boosting outdoor fun all around.

Erin Shade
Erin Shade
May 13, 2024 2:36 am

I’m thrilled about North Dakota’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation! It’s a fantastic step towards sustainable land use and economic growth, ensuring everyone gets to enjoy the great outdoors. Awesome initiative!

Lisa Rivera
Lisa Rivera
May 13, 2024 5:48 am

I’m so excited about North Dakota’s Office of Outdoor Recreation! It’s all about protecting our natural beauty and boosting the economy. Let’s explore and enjoy the great outdoors together! 🌲

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