Author: Archery Trade Association
On the same day the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee passed the first-ever recreation package, Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and its members released an energizing video highlighting outdoor recreation activities, the $689 billion outdoor recreation economy, and the over 4.3 million jobs it supports while urging Americans to get outside and recreate. The video also emphasizes how the outdoor recreation industry boosts our local and national economies, and how recreating outdoors over the past two years will continue to provide health benefis in the future. The Archery Trade Association is a proud member of ORR and all we are able to accomplish with the outdoor industry as a collective group.
“The outdoor recreation economy has never been stronger as record numbers of Americans flocked to the outdoors spawned by the Covid-19 pandemic” said Dan Forster,vice president and chief conservation officer for the ATA.
Additionally, America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022, passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee today, includes the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, the Outdoor Recreation Act, Recreation Not Red-Tape, among other bipartisan and pragmatic outdoor recreation legislation. ORR sent a letter to the committee last year urging them to pass this much-needed legislation as soon as possible to, “help manage already existing conserved lands and waters in order to support businesses recovering from COVID-19, and now impacted by wildfires and drought, ensure better access to the outdoors for all Americans, mitigate the impacts of climate change and ever-increasing visitation in some areas on the outdoor experience and create jobs by supporting rural economies and communities.”
Forster added, “It is encouraging to see congressional action on a comprehensive recreation package that not only recognizes the incredible value of a robust outdoor recreation economy, but facilitates resource and management improvements that will enhance the recreational opportunities and experiences for not only our members, but for all Americans.”