Outdoor Industry Association

Protecting Places to Play

Get Involved

If you have questions or would like to know how you can provide quality places to play and spread the word about the economic impact of outdoor recreation in your area, contact Lindsay Bourgoine at 303.327.3490.


Created in 1965 and up for reauthorization in 2015, LWCF reinvests federal royalties from offshore oil and gas development to protect America’s natural resources and outdoor recreation assets, funding:

  • Access to federal lands and waters.
  • Local parks, open space, greenways and blueways.
  • Bike and pedestrian trails, athletic fields and pools.

OIA is Working:

  • To pass S. 1265, ensuring Congress honors their commitment to $900 million in annual funding for LWCF.
  • To pass S. 1813, a Transportation package including language reauthorizing LWCF through 2022.

Wilderness and roadless areas anchor one end of the national outdoor recreation system, offering outstanding outdoor recreation experiences in pristine settings and critical wildlife breeding grounds and habitat.

OIA is Working:

  • To defend wilderness and roadless areas from legislative attacks that would eliminate these areas or defund their administration and management.
  • To protect 58 million acres of U.S. Forest Service roadless areas recognized under the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

2016 is the centennial of the National Park Service – an opportunity to ensure our park system is healthy and relevant to increasingly urbanized Americans.

OIA is Working:

  • To secure funding for parks construction and maintenance, ensuring quality, accessible recreations experiences and opportunities.
  • To define the federal and NPS roles in ensuring urban Americans have access to great urban parks and outdoor recreation.



Declining revenues and requirements for balanced state budgets have state parks in peril. California recently closed 72 out of 280 state parks. Colorado is moving forward on oil and gas leasing in state parks, using royalties to fund operations.

OIA is Working:

  • To catalog and portray the regional and local economic impacts of state parks.
  • To engage member companies in local campaigns to keep the parks open.

Part of the federal Transportation Bill, RTP applies motor fuel taxes on off-highway vehicles to build and maintain trails across the recreation spectrum – motorized, bike, pedestrian, ski, equestrian.

OIA is Working:

  • To protect the reinvestment of $85 million in off-highway fuel taxes back in to recreation trails.


The Stateside Program of the Land and Water Transportation Fund is the primary federal program funding local, close-to-home parks and open space. UPARR, federal funding for urban parks, last received funding in 2001. Federal funding for bike and pedestrian trails is threatened by a bankrupt Federal Highway Trust Fund and declining gas tax revenues.

OIA is Working:

  • To pass S. 1265, ensuring Congress honors their commitment to $900 million in annual funding for LWCF.
  • To ensure the Stateside Program receives a fair allotment of LWCF funds.

Under the federal Transportation Bill, Transportation Enhancements fund the bike and pedestrian trails that provide active lifestyles, outdoor recreation and alternative transportation in communities across America.

OIA is Working:

  • To retain $300 million in annual funding in House/Senate negotiations on reauthorization of the federal transportation and highway funding. 


Team up with the OIA community and start enjoying the benefits of membership. Provide your staff with the tools to run your business more efficiently and effectively.