Comment Today on the Proposed National Park Service Fee Increase

The Department of Interior recently announced that the National Parks Service is considering increasing entrance fees to 17 of America’s favorite national parks.

We invite you to comment to the National Park Service and ask that the administration strongly consider the comments they receive.

Congress and the administration should prioritize funding for outdoor recreation infrastructure like our national parks, and other public lands. OIA will continue to fight for funding in support of the $887 billion recreation economy. The unmet infrastructure needs and $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks must be considered, but proposals to double or triple NPS entrance fees are unreasonable and will price many Americans out of their parks and limit their access to America’s great outdoors. While some fee increase may be appropriate to support funding for our parks, Interior’s proposal would generate about $70 million as they propose to cut the NPS budget by nearly $380 million.

Follow this link to submit your comments on the proposed fee increase.

Help Protect the Antiquities Act, Oppose H.R. 3990

Congressman Rob Bishop, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, has introduced the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act.” The legislation is an attack on the Antiquities Act and undermines the protection and enjoyment of our nation’s public lands and waters.

The legislation was hastily introduced yesterday and immediately scheduled for a vote on October 11th, in Bishop’s committee. This kind of “fast-tracking” is unusual and concerning.

Please call your member of the House of Representatives and use these talking points asking them to oppose H.R. 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act.” You can also learn more about OIA’s position on the bill here.

– Please oppose H.R. 3990, the “National Monument Creation and Protection Act”
– We must protect the Antiquities Act and our right to protect and enjoy our nation’s public lands. This bill threatens America’s lands, waters, culturally and historically significant places, and wildlife habitats
– This bill is a direct threat to our public lands and the Antiquities Act, we ask you vote no on this legislation

Ask Congress to Act on Wildfire NOW!

The 2017 wildfire season was the most expensive on record, with more than $2 billion in suppression costs. As fires become more intense, last longer, and are closer to where people live, they are driving an unsustainable increase in firefighting costs. These costs regularly exceed what Congress has set aside for fighting fires, resulting in borrowing from other public lands and recreation accounts, ultimately chipping away at funds that keep our land and water healthy and accessible.

The good news is that there is a bipartisan and bicameral solution in Congress. The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA) (H.R. 2862; S. 1842) is a comprehensive, bipartisan and bicameral solution in Congress that will stop fire borrowing and is supported by over 200 organizations.

Please fill out the form below to send a letter asking your representatives in Congress to support the passage of WDFA today.

Ask your Representatives to Support Lower Costs for Performance Apparel

Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Representatives Dave Reichert (R-WA 8) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3) have introduced the US OUTDOOR Act to eliminate import tariffs on “recreational performance outerwear”, innovative, highly technical apparel – primarily jackets and pants– designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor recreation. Despite the fact that there is no commercially meaningful domestic production of these products, they face import tariffs as high has almost 30%. Passing the OUTDOOR Act will help outdoor companies lower costs, fuel innovation, create jobs and get more Americans outdoors. The Senate version will also create the Sustainable Textile and Apparel Research (STAR) fund to support the research and development of sustainable textile and apparel supply chains.

Act now to send a letter of support.

Please Support the Recreation Not Red-Tape Act

The bipartisan and bicameral Recreation Not- Red Tape (RNR) Act was introduced in late July with the full support of the broad and diverse outdoor recreation community. As outdoor recreation grows in popularity and in economic impact, land management agencies need updated tools to protect and improve access to America’s public lands and waters. The RNR Act offers sensible, non-controversial proposals for identifying and appropriately managing important places for sustainable outdoor recreation across the country. If passed, this bipartisan and bicameral bill will update processes and policies on our national public lands to improve the outdoor recreation experience, which is good for the $887 recreation economy, its 7.6 million jobs and all outdoor businesses.

Please fill out the form below and then edit the letter to write your Senator and/or representative asking them to co-sponsor the RNR Act.

Ask Sen. Heller to Oppose Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Republican Senators may hold the key to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the coming months. This business sign on letter targets a key Republican Senator in your state who will likely be voting on opening the Arctic Refuge to drilling through a budget reconciliation process when Congress is back in session.

Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the Arctic Refuge is the most iconic wildlife refuge, home to the Gwich’in people, and one of America’s crown jewels of recreation. Those lucky enough to visit remember it as the trip of a lifetime. Few places in the world offer the rare opportunity to encounter a vast array of wildlife while hiking, fishing, or paddling through a pristine, wild landscape. For over 30 years, the area has been the focus of a controversial debate over oil drilling. The oil industry and Alaska politicians have long sought to remove protections for the area and open it to oil drilling, while a majority of Americans and a diverse coalition of businesses, faith leaders, hunters and anglers, conservationists and more have sought to keep the Arctic Refuge the way that it is today. President Trump has now reopened the debate by including an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in the proposed budget that he recently sent to Congress.

We need you and your business to remind your Senator that protecting iconic areas like the Arctic Refuge is good for business. Please use your business voice to take action and urge your senators to oppose drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

July, 2017

The Honorable Dean Heller
United States Senate
324 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Heller,

We, the undersigned businesses, are writing to express our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We are especially concerned that the Trump Administration has included an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in its proposed budget, and we strongly believe that the budget process is no place for the consideration of a controversial, high profile issue like this one. We urge you to keep protections for the Arctic Refuge in place, and we believe that this will continue to be one of the few national issues that helps define any senator’s overall record on the outdoors.

Our businesses depend on the outdoors as the places where our customers hike, ski, mountain bike, camp, hunt, fish, and otherwise explore. It is because of our country’s outdoors that people buy our products and then go on day trips, weekend outings, or longer adventures, spending additional money along the way that helps bolster local and regional economies.

The impact of our industry is both quantifiable and increasing. The Outdoor Industry Association’s most recent economic report estimated that the outdoor industry generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million jobs. This includes over $12.6 billion and 87,000 jobs in Nevada. The most exciting aspect of this impact is that it is entirely sustainable and we fully expect that it will continue to increase, so long as our country’s natural resources and our outdoor infrastructure are properly managed and supported.

The majority of Americans explore the outdoors close to where they live. But we know that iconic places help drive interest, hobbies, and aspiration. Even if you never visit Yosemite and see El Capitan in person, it might still inspire you to visit your local park or start learning how to rock climb.

We know that the same is true for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This wild, beautiful land is arguably the most iconic destination for remote outdoor recreation in our country. It captures the idea of what true, untouched wilderness must be like, and it inspires Americans across the country to get outside and explore. It is good for our businesses and for the entire outdoor recreation economy to ensure that iconic places like the Arctic Refuge remain protected.

Thank you for considering our request to keep the Arctic Refuge’s current protections in place and to keep any discussion of the issue out of the budget process.

Sincerely,

Ask Sen. Collins to Oppose Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Republican Senators may hold the key to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the coming months. This business sign on letter targets a key Republican Senator in your state who will likely be voting on opening the Arctic Refuge to drilling through a budget reconciliation process when Congress is back in session.Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the Arctic Refuge is the most iconic wildlife refuge, home to the Gwich’in people, and one of America’s crown jewels of recreation. Those lucky enough to visit remember it as the trip of a lifetime. Few places in the world offer the rare opportunity to encounter a vast array of wildlife while hiking, fishing, or paddling through a pristine, wild landscape. For over 30 years, the area has been the focus of a controversial debate over oil drilling. The oil industry and Alaska politicians have long sought to remove protections for the area and open it to oil drilling, while a majority of Americans and a diverse coalition of businesses, faith leaders, hunters and anglers, conservationists and more have sought to keep the Arctic Refuge the way that it is today. President Trump has now reopened the debate by including an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in the proposed budget that he recently sent to Congress.

Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the Arctic Refuge is the most iconic wildlife refuge, home to the Gwich’in people, and one of America’s crown jewels of recreation. Those lucky enough to visit remember it as the trip of a lifetime. Few places in the world offer the rare opportunity to encounter a vast array of wildlife while hiking, fishing, or paddling through a pristine, wild landscape. For over 30 years, the area has been the focus of a controversial debate over oil drilling. The oil industry and Alaska politicians have long sought to remove protections for the area and open it to oil drilling, while a majority of Americans and a diverse coalition of businesses, faith leaders, hunters and anglers, conservationists and more have sought to keep the Arctic Refuge the way that it is today. President Trump has now reopened the debate by including an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in the proposed budget that he recently sent to Congress.

We need you and your business to remind your Senator that protecting iconic areas like the Arctic Refuge is good for business. Please use your business voice to take action and urge your senators to oppose drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

July, 2017

The Honorable Susan Collins
United States Senate
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Collins,

We, the undersigned businesses, are writing to express our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We are especially concerned that the Trump Administration has included an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in its proposed budget, and we strongly believe that the budget process is no place for the consideration of a controversial, high profile issue like this one. We urge you to keep protections for the Arctic Refuge in place, and we believe that this will continue to be one of the few national issues that helps define any senator’s overall record on the outdoors.

Our businesses depend on the outdoors as the places where our customers hike, ski, mountain bike, camp, hunt, fish, and otherwise explore. It is because of our country’s outdoors that people buy our products and then go on day trips, weekend outings, or longer adventures, spending additional money along the way that helps bolster local and regional economies.

The impact of our industry is both quantifiable and increasing. The Outdoor Industry Association’s most recent economic report estimated that the outdoor industry generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million jobs. This includes over $8.2 billion and 76,000 jobs in Maine. The most exciting aspect of this impact is that it is entirely sustainable and we fully expect that it will continue to increase, so long as our country’s natural resources and our outdoor infrastructure are properly managed and supported.

The majority of Americans explore the outdoors close to where they live. But we know that iconic places help drive interest, hobbies, and aspiration. Even if you never visit Yosemite and see El Capitan in person, it might still inspire you to visit your local park or start learning how to rock climb.

We know that the same is true for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This wild, beautiful land is arguably the most iconic destination for remote outdoor recreation in our country. It captures the idea of what true, untouched wilderness must be like, and it inspires Americans across the country to get outside and explore. It is good for our businesses and for the entire outdoor recreation economy to ensure that iconic places like the Arctic Refuge remain protected.

Thank you for considering our request to keep the Arctic Refuge’s current protections in place and to keep any discussion of the issue out of the budget process.

Sincerely,

Ask Sen. Graham Oppose Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Republican Senators may hold the key to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the coming months. This business sign on letter targets a key Republican Senator in your state who will likely be voting on opening the Arctic Refuge to drilling through a budget reconciliation process when Congress is back in session.

Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the Arctic Refuge is the most iconic wildlife refuge, home to the Gwich’in people, and one of America’s crown jewels of recreation.  Those lucky enough to visit remember it as the trip of a lifetime. Few places in the world offer the rare opportunity to encounter a vast array of wildlife while hiking, fishing, or paddling through a pristine, wild landscape. For over 30 years, the area has been the focus of a controversial debate over oil drilling. The oil industry and Alaska politicians have long sought to remove protections for the area and open it to oil drilling, while a majority of Americans and a diverse coalition of businesses, faith leaders, hunters and anglers, conservationists and more have sought to keep the Arctic Refuge the way that it is today. President Trump has now reopened the debate by including an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in the proposed budget that he recently sent to Congress.

We need you and your business to remind your Senator that protecting iconic areas like the Arctic Refuge is good for business. Please use your business voice to take action and urge your senators to oppose drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

July, 2017

The Honorable Lindsey Graham
United States Senate
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Graham,

We, the undersigned businesses, are writing to express our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We are especially concerned that the Trump Administration has included an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in its proposed budget, and we strongly believe that the budget process is no place for the consideration of a controversial, high profile issue like this one. We urge you to keep protections for the Arctic Refuge in place, and we believe that this will continue to be one of the few national issues that helps define any senator’s overall record on the outdoors.

Our businesses depend on the outdoors as the places where our customers hike, ski, mountain bike, camp, hunt, fish, and otherwise explore. It is because of our country’s outdoors that people buy our products and then go on day trips, weekend outings, or longer adventures, spending additional money along the way that helps bolster local and regional economies.

The impact of our industry is both quantifiable and increasing. The Outdoor Industry Association’s most recent economic report estimated that the outdoor industry generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million jobs. This includes over $16.3 billion and 151,000 jobs in South Carolina. The most exciting aspect of this impact is that it is entirely sustainable and we fully expect that it will continue to increase, so long as our country’s natural resources and our outdoor infrastructure are properly managed and supported.

The majority of Americans explore the outdoors close to where they live. But we know that iconic places help drive interest, hobbies, and aspiration. Even if you never visit Yosemite and see El Capitan in person, it might still inspire you to visit your local park or start learning how to rock climb.

We know that the same is true for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This wild, beautiful land is arguably the most iconic destination for remote outdoor recreation in our country. It captures the idea of what true, untouched wilderness must be like, and it inspires Americans across the country to get outside and explore. It is good for our businesses and for the entire outdoor recreation economy to ensure that iconic places like the Arctic Refuge remain protected.

Thank you for considering our request to keep the Arctic Refuge’s current protections in place and to keep any discussion of the issue out of the budget process.

Sincerely,

Ask Sen. Flake to Oppose Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Republican Senators may hold the key to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the coming months. This business sign on letter targets a key Republican Senator in your state who will likely be voting on opening the Arctic Refuge to drilling through a budget reconciliation process when Congress is back in session.

Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the Arctic Refuge is the most iconic wildlife refuge, home to the Gwich’in people, and one of America’s crown jewels of recreation. Those lucky enough to visit remember it as the trip of a lifetime. Few places in the world offer the rare opportunity to encounter a vast array of wildlife while hiking, fishing, or paddling through a pristine, wild landscape. For over 30 years, the area has been the focus of a controversial debate over oil drilling. The oil industry and Alaska politicians have long sought to remove protections for the area and open it to oil drilling, while a majority of Americans and a diverse coalition of businesses, faith leaders, hunters and anglers, conservationists and more have sought to keep the Arctic Refuge the way that it is today. President Trump has now reopened the debate by including an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in the proposed budget that he recently sent to Congress.

We need you and your business to remind your Senator that protecting iconic areas like the Arctic Refuge is good for business. Please use your business voice to take action and urge your senators to oppose drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

July, 2017

The Honorable Jeff Flake
United States Senate
413 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Flake,

We, the undersigned businesses, are writing to express our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We are especially concerned that the Trump Administration has included an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in its proposed budget, and we strongly believe that the budget process is no place for the consideration of a controversial, high profile issue like this one. We urge you to keep protections for the Arctic Refuge in place, and we believe that this will continue to be one of the few national issues that helps define any senator’s overall record on the outdoors.

Our businesses depend on the outdoors as the places where our customers hike, ski, mountain bike, camp, hunt, fish, and otherwise explore. It is because of our country’s outdoors that people buy our products and then go on day trips, weekend outings, or longer adventures, spending additional money along the way that helps bolster local and regional economies.

The impact of our industry is both quantifiable and increasing. The Outdoor Industry Association’s most recent economic report estimated that the outdoor industry generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million jobs. This includes over $21.2 billion and 201,000 jobs in Arizona alone. The most exciting aspect of this impact is that it is entirely sustainable and we fully expect that it will continue to increase, so long as our country’s natural resources and our outdoor infrastructure are properly managed and supported.

The majority of Americans explore the outdoors close to where they live. But we know that iconic places help drive interest, hobbies, and aspiration. Even if you never visit Yosemite and see El Capitan in person, it might still inspire you to visit your local park or start learning how to rock climb.

We know that the same is true for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This wild, beautiful land is arguably the most iconic destination for remote outdoor recreation in our country. It captures the idea of what true, untouched wilderness must be like, and it inspires Americans across the country to get outside and explore. It is good for our businesses and for the entire outdoor recreation economy to ensure that iconic places like the Arctic Refuge remain protected.

Thank you for considering our request to keep the Arctic Refuge’s current protections in place and to keep any discussion of the issue out of the budget process.

Sincerely,

Sen. McCain Oppose Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Republican Senators may hold the key to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the coming months. This business sign on letter targets a key Republican Senator in your state who will likely be voting on opening the Arctic Refuge to drilling through a budget reconciliation process when Congress is back in session.

Located in the northeastern corner of Alaska, the Arctic Refuge is the most iconic wildlife refuge and is one of America’s crown jewels of recreation. Those lucky enough to visit remember it as the trip of a lifetime. Few places in the world offer the rare opportunity to encounter a vast array of wildlife while hiking, fishing, or paddling through a pristine, wild landscape. For over 30 years, the area has been the focus of a controversial debate over oil drilling. The oil industry and Alaska politicians have long sought to remove protections for the area and open it to oil drilling, while a majority of Americans and a diverse coalition of businesses, faith leaders, hunters and anglers, conservationists and more have sought to keep the Arctic Refuge the way that it is today. President Trump has now reopened the debate by including an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in the proposed budget that he recently sent to Congress.

We need you and your business to remind your Senator that protecting iconic areas like the Arctic Refuge is good for business. Please use your business voice to take action and urge your senators to oppose drilling in the Arctic Refuge.

July, 2017

The Honorable John McCain
United States Senate
218 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator McCain,

We, the undersigned businesses, are writing to express our opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We are especially concerned that the Trump Administration has included an Arctic Refuge drilling provision in its proposed budget, and we strongly believe that the budget process is no place for the consideration of a controversial, high profile issue like this one. We urge you to keep protections for the Arctic Refuge in place, and we believe that this will continue to be one of the few national issues that helps define any senator’s overall record on the outdoors.

Our businesses depend on the outdoors as the places where our customers hike, ski, mountain bike, camp, hunt, fish, and otherwise explore. It is because of our country’s outdoors that people buy our products and then go on day trips, weekend outings, or longer adventures, spending additional money along the way that helps bolster local and regional economies.

The impact of our industry is both quantifiable and increasing. The Outdoor Industry Association’s most recent economic report estimated that the outdoor industry generates $887 billion in annual consumer spending and supports 7.6 million jobs. This includes over $21.2 billion and 201,000 jobs in Arizona alone. The most exciting aspect of this impact is that it is entirely sustainable and we fully expect that it will continue to increase, so long as our country’s natural resources and our outdoor infrastructure are properly managed and supported.

The majority of Americans explore the outdoors close to where they live. But we know that iconic places help drive interest, hobbies, and aspiration. Even if you never visit Yosemite and see El Capitan in person, it might still inspire you to visit your local park or start learning how to rock climb.

We know that the same is true for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This wild, beautiful land is arguably the most iconic destination for remote outdoor recreation in our country. It captures the idea of what true, untouched wilderness must be like, and it inspires Americans across the country to get outside and explore. It is good for our businesses and for the entire outdoor recreation economy to ensure that iconic places like the Arctic Refuge remain protected.

Thank you for considering our request to keep the Arctic Refuge’s current protections in place and to keep any discussion of the issue out of the budget process.

Sincerely,