Recreation Community Expresses Support for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account

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Washington, DC (April 28, 2016) – Leading members of the recreation community recently applauded U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s announcement of the creation of a pilot Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) to assess the economic significance of outdoor recreation. The account will be a joint action between the Federal Recreation Council and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

In a joint statement, Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and Frank Hugelmeyer, President of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, thanked Secretary Jewell for her action, emphasizing the importance of the nation’s public lands and waters to the outdoor recreation industry. “The nation’s public lands and waters play an essential role for the recreation industry and the American public. Virtually all Americans participate in some form of outdoor activity at these places. This activity results in an estimated $650 billion in annual expenditures on RVs and boats, lift tickets and entrance fees, fishing and hunting licenses and surfboards, campground fees and OHVs – and much more. Expenditures on recreation create manufacturing jobs, jobs in retailing and repairs, lifeguard posts at public beaches and guide jobs in the backcountry, jobs at insurance firms and hotels. Federal agencies host more than a billion recreation visits. ORSA is vital to making good choices in allocating federal funds through the budget process and in investing private funds which enhance recreation on public lands and waters.”

More than 20 key organizations representing RVing, boating, fishing, archery and more joined to urge the Congress to now fully and sustainably fund ORSA through the FY17 budget. Those letters of support can be read here. The Department of Commerce, which has recently created similar satellite accounts for the arts, and for travel and tourism, estimates that the account can be in place in three years or less at a cost of approximately $3.5 million.