ORIR

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.

    ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy

    ORIR Holds Capitol Hill Briefings on Growing the Outdoor Recreation Economy
    This release is available as a PDF here

    Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2017) – 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.