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FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

FY2018 Budget Must Support Outdoor Recreation

(Washington, DC – June 23) America’s Great Outdoors is vital to the quality of life for most Americans and key to the nation’s $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry. The federal government manages nearly one-third of the nation’s surface area, making it integral to the health of an industry that supports some 7.6 million jobs. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) urges support for federal outdoor recreation programs in the FY2018 budget now being crafted by the Congress.

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.

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Outdoor Recreation Industry Applauds Withdrawal of Nps Director’s Order #100

Outdoor Recreation Industry Applauds Withdrawal of NPS Director’s Order #100

Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2017) – Organizations representing a large majority of the $887 billion per year outdoor recreation industry applaud the August 25 announcement by the National Park Service (NPS) that it is withdrawing its Director’s Order #100.

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) recognizes the withdrawal of Director’s Order #100 as an opportunity for partnerships that will help the national parks remain relevant to and cherished by an increasingly urban population by providing new visitor services like modernized campgrounds, Wi-Fi, expanded visitor activities and more. These new services will help breathe new life into national parks across the country, but would have been impossible under Director’s Order #100.

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Recreation Leaders Ask Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to Help Grow Recreation Industry and Participation

Washington, D.C. (July 27, 2017) – Outdoor recreation and its impact on the American economy took center stage at the U.S. Department of Commerce on July 27. Members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) met with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and other administration officials to discuss outdoor recreation’s importance to the American economy, how increased partnerships can grow jobs, and how trade agreements impact the outdoor recreation industry.

Recreation Leaders Offer Testimony on Improving Visitor Experiences in National Parks

Recreation Leaders Offer Testimony on Improving Visitor Experiences in National Parks
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ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy

ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy

Outdoor recreation took center stage on Capitol Hill March 7. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) held briefings for staffers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate, introducing the newly formed organization itself and detailing the tremendous economic impact of outdoor recreation within the United States.

ORIR representatives reported that outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in direct economic spending and supports some 6.1 million jobs in the U.S. And they explained that there are great opportunities to increase that impact in the future by expanding access to healthy, active fun outdoors on America’s public lands and waters. They also briefed Congressional staffers about ORIR’s key goals, which include:

  • fast tracking the implementation of the recently enacted Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact (REC) Act;
  • prioritizing recreation-related infrastructure improvements in federal agency budgets;
  • establishing more public-private partnerships to address maintenance backlogs on public lands;
  • achieving better balance between recreation and conservation in federal agency decisions; and
  • developing and deploying a digital information strategy for outdoor recreation on federal lands.
  • ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

    ORIR Members Meet With Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

    The Department of the Interior has a new leader. Former U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on March 1, becoming the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior.

    The very next day – his first day in office – Secretary Zinke arrived on horseback and held his first meeting with external partners – a collection of sportsmen and parks and recreation advocates. Several members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) played key roles in that meeting.

    ORIR Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

    ORIR Applauds Confirmation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

    The United States Senate today confirmed U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke (R-MT) as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior by a 68-31 vote of bipartisan support. His confirmation drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), which strongly backed his nomination.

    Rep. Zinke called himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt” during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee January 17. He said that the former president “had it right” when he placed millions of acres of federal lands under federal protection. And he directly linked the availability of those federal lands to the enjoyment of outdoor recreation. “Today, much of those lands provide Americans the opportunity to hike, fish, camp, recreate and enjoy the great outdoors,” he said. The committee approved Rep. Zinke’s nomination January 31 with bipartisan support by a vote of 16-6.

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of ORIR

    Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke’s Testimony at Confirmation Hearing Draws Support of ORIR

    Declaring himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt,” Interior Secretary-designate Ryan Zinke testified today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering his nomination to serve as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior. His remarks drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, which supports Zinke’s nomination.