On Tuesday, July 18, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, members of Congress, and senior members of the outdoor recreation industry will meet at the U.S. Department of the Interior for a discussion about using public-private partnerships to improve visitor experiences on public lands and waters and help reduce the department’s maintenance backlog. The event will also include a showcase of great American products that make the great outdoors fun.
Following the meeting, Secretary Zinke will lead the group outside to a showcase of American-made outdoor recreation equipment including boats, RVs, off-road vehicles and more. Exhibitors will have information about the tens of thousands of American manufacturing jobs these products support.
Outdoor recreation generates $887 billion in direct spending and supports 7.6 million jobs across all 50 states. Secretary Zinke, members of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, key national park concessioners and other senior administration officials will discuss how improving infrastructure, encouraging innovation and developing new and enhanced public-private partnerships will give the American people more opportunities to enjoy healthy, active fun on their public lands and waters, while helping outdoor recreation continue to grow as a powerful and positive force in America.