ORIR Submits Testimony to Key Congressional Committees

ORIR Submits Testimony to Key Congressional Committees

Republicans, Democrats, business leaders, unions – and voters – all agree that the nation’s infrastructure needs modernization and expansion. While details are still in the discussion stage, especially how to pay for expanded infrastructure investments, the nation’s outdoor recreation leadership is gearing up its campaign to ensure that the definition of public infrastructure includes the roads, trails and facilities Americans need to enjoy the Great Outdoors and that the new infrastructure push extends well beyond urban road tolling.

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable delivered testimony to two key Congressional committees of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives in February outlining decaying roads, huge amounts of deferred maintenance, dated and worn-out campgrounds and large expanses where lack of broadband access threatens safety and enjoyment. Unlike many other interests pointing to billion dollar needs though, the recreation industry is offering a strategy that relies on private investments, voluntary fees and taxes and leveraging of federal funding as effective solutions that can deliver world-class outdoor opportunities in line with existing top facilities on public lands, including famed ski areas and outstanding national park lodges.

Read ORIR's testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee here.

Read ORIR's testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee here.