11 Archery and Bowhunting Companies Sign Wall Street Journal Appeal to Trump Administration

Letter Signed by More Than 100 Outdoor Recreation Execs Urges Administration to Keep the “Great” in the Great Outdoors.
Photo Credit: John Hafner

Author: Teresa Johnson

New Ulm, Minnesota – May 15, 2017 – Archery and bowhunting have joined 105 recreation industry companies in a public appeal to the Trump administration, published recently in the Wall Street Journal, called “Keeping the Great in the Great Outdoors.”

The open letter praises Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who has embraced the vision of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations working to promote the policy and legislative reforms needed to grow the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy.

Executives from the archery, marine, fishing, shooting sports, motorcycle, powersports, hospitality and recreation vehicle industries all signed on to the letter, in which the industry shares its excitement to work with Secretary Zinke, a strong supporter of outdoor recreation.

Jay McAninch (far right), ATA president/CEO, represents the ATA on the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations. Photo Credit: ORIR

“I’m proud that eleven company leaders from the archery industry chose to publically support the open letter from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable in one of the nation’s most prestigious publications,” said ATA President and CEO Jay McAninch. “The ATA has worked with the ORIR member trade associations to develop an aggressive agenda for Federal lands that will vastly improve the experience of all who visit these properties.”

Since his confirmation, Secretary Zinke has been working closely with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) to increase access to recreational opportunities and enjoyment on all federal lands and waters. In addition to increasing access, ORIR is working with the Administration to establish public-private partnerships as an entrepreneurial mechanism for addressing part of the $20 billion in deferred maintenance and to achieve a better balance in decisions involving recreation and conservation.

“As the overwhelming support of this letter shows, the outdoor recreation industry is motivated to work with the Administration, and in particular Secretary Zinke,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “Secretary Zinke understands the power of the outdoor recreation industry economy and the importance of expanding access to allow all Americans to enjoy the nation’s iconic public lands.”

The outdoor recreation economy represents $887 billion. Archery and bowhunting impact that number. Photo Credit: ATA

Many in the outdoor recreation industry are encouraged by the president’s willingness to tackle America’s long-term infrastructure challenges and his promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure initiative that will increase access to the nation’s recreation lands through better bridges, roads, waterways, and restored infrastructure within our nation’s parks.

“Our desire is to use public private partnerships to increase access and enjoyment of outdoor recreation for all Americans,” McAninch said. “We’re committed to changing the culture of preserve and protect or ‘no’ to a culture of conserve and manage or ‘yes.’ We applaud Secretary Zinke for embracing our vision and look forward to implementing our ideas under his leadership.”

Read the entire letter here.

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