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ORR members testify before Congress on outdoor recreation economy

Outdoor recreation will be at the forefront of conversations on Capitol Hill this week. For the first time, the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing focused solely on outdoor recreation. The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) and its members said they have been working with offices of Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (NY-07) and Ranking Member Steve Chabot (OH-01) on how Congress can address ...

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Five new states commit to outdoor recreation principles

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) joined outdoor recreation leaders from Maine, Michigan,Nevada, New Mexico and Virginia as they committed to advance the principles contained in the Outdoor Recreation Industry Confluence Accords on behalf of their governors. ORR is a founding sponsor of the National Governors Association (NGA) Outdoor Recreation Learning Network. The signing ceremony brings the total number of states committed to the four pillars of the ...

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Trump Administration announces partnership to grow outdoor recreation economy

Last week, in support of the Trump administration’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced the selection of 10 communities under the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities assistance program to help revitalize their Main Streets ...

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ORR discusses future of outdoor recreation industry, elects new leadership

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) Summer Board Meeting capped off two days of meetings in Washington, D.C. focused on growing the impact of outdoor recreation at the national level. ORR board members attended meetings with leadership and key staff from the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ...

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State of Virginia adds outdoor recreation office

Virginia joined a growing number of states that have embraced the importance of outdoor recreation by establishing an Office of Outdoor Recreation. Governor Ralph Northam unveiled the office at an event in Roanoke, attended by representatives from NMMA, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, and the RV Industry Association. This action represents a sincere effort by the state to commit to strengthening ...

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Wisconsin establishes Office of Outdoor Recreation

Last week, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed the state budget bill into law, which subsequently created the Office of Outdoor Recreation within Wisconsin Tourism – an important initiative that will help expand outdoor recreation opportunities in the state. With this measure, Wisconsin becomes the 14th state to establish an outdoor recreation office, a testament to the growing understanding of the ...

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Interior prioritizes recreation access with new Secretarial Order

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of the Interior released a Secretarial Order that will help prevent the sale of public lands important to outdoor recreation, while ensuring that public access be a key consideration in land exchanges. NMMA and its outdoor recreation coalition partners applauded the action, calling the move a big win for the community.   Secretarial Order 3373 ...

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Recreation leaders meet with Agriculture Secretary, highlight opportunities for 2019

Recreation took center stage at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Jan. 8 as Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) leaders and recreation company CEOs met with Secretary Sonny Perdue, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Jim Hubbard and other key officials.  The group noted the importance of national forests to many recreational activities, and highlighted the world-class experiences ...

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Outdoor recreation is driving the U.S. economy

As we move into the autumn months, many are looking back fondly on time spent this summer enjoying America’s great outdoors. Whether a family vacation to one of America’s majestic national parks or an afternoon enjoyed with friends on one of our country’s countless waterways, the memories made will be everlasting. And, in the process, many played an important role ...

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Interior Secretary Zinke signs orders to increase recreational opportunities

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has signed two secretarial orders continuing his efforts to prioritize the Department of Interior’s recreation mission and increase access to public lands. Secretarial Order 3366 directs certain Interior bureaus to create and deliver plans to the department within 90 days that focus on developing or expanding recreational opportunities on public lands and waterways. ...

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