Unified Recreation Industry Offers Counsel to Commerce on ORSA

Unified Recreation Industry Offers Counsel to Commerce on ORSA

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) designed to facilitate a first-ever federal assessment of the economic importance of outdoor recreation to the nation’s economy. ORIR provided advice on the activities which comprise contemporary outdoor recreation with some additions reflecting likely growth areas in participation.

The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) was created by the Congress in 2016, supported by a bipartisan coalition led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA), Dave Reichert (R-WA), Peter Welch (D-VT) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). Initial funding has been provided by federal agencies hosting more than a billion recreation visits annually – a key factor in the nation’s estimated $887 billion in economic activity associated with outdoor recreation. The creation of ORSA was actively supported by the recreation industry.

In addition to a recommended definition of outdoor recreation for the assessment, ORIR provided Commerce and the Federal Recreation Council with information on supplemental data sets which can help validate the work of the BEA nationally and assist in developing regional estimates of the industry. The comments were filed on behalf of 19 recreation industry trade associations.

To read the comments, click here.