Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® Recognized on U.S. Senate Floor

Great Outdoors Month® is heading into its final weekend with more momentum than ever! President Trump proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month, joining all 50 states in recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation at the local, state and federal levels. And those voices are now joined by the United States Senate!

U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) took to the Senate floor June 20 to celebrate Great Outdoors Month® and recognize its impact on life in Montana. “Montanans can tell you that nothing beats getting outdoors for some hunting, skiing, fishing, backpacking, you name it – it’s our way of life,” he said. “I want to encourage everyone to recognize National Great Outdoors Month by joining me and getting out there and experiencing all that the outdoors have to offer.”

Senator Daines also introduced Senate Resolution 199 June 22 – which would designate June 2017 Great Outdoors Month®, “…encouraging all people of the United States to recreate in the great outdoors in June 2017 and year-round.” The Resolution is cosponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI). Read the full submitted resolution here.

Senator Daines' full remarks: “Montanans can tell you that nothing beats getting outdoors for some hunting, skiing, fishing, backpacking, you name it – it’s our way of life. I left my first business career to get back to Montana while my knees were still good, so I could spend my time enjoying all that Montana’s outdoors have to offer. That’s why I’m excited June is National Great Outdoors Month.

“Montana’s outdoors have a special meaning for me, I even proposed to my sweet and beautiful wife Cindy at the top of Hyalite Peak, south of Bozeman - but the value of Montana’s outdoors is incredible. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 64 thousand Montana jobs are directly tied to outdoor recreation. In 2012, outdoor recreation generated $5.8 billion in consumer spending in Montana alone. Nationally, outdoor recreation generates $887 billion in consumer spending each year and provides 7.6 million jobs.

“Folks travel across the nation, even across the world, to come visit America’s great outdoors – it’s all right here, in our backyard. I grew up just 90 miles away from Yellowstone National Park, and go back every year with my family.

“Hiking in Glacier, fly fishing the Gallatin, skiing in Whitefish, or floating down the Madison – we take these things for granted. That’s why it’s important we recognize the value of the outdoors during National Great Outdoors month – because when you visit a park, or go on a whitewater rafting tour – you’re not only getting a great experience yourself, you’re giving back to our local economy and helping to create jobs.

“I want to encourage everyone to recognize National Great Outdoors month by joining me and getting out there and experiencing all that the outdoors have to offer.”