National issues

The outdoor industry’s collective voice has power in Washington, but not just as an economic engine. Even in today’s divisive times, a broad coalition of advocates with a unified message can overcome partisanship to do what’s right for our nation. Timely engagement on issues critical to the health of our industry is not just the right thing to do – it’s a must do.

Support Lifting Punitive Tariffs on Products Sourced from China

Outdoor companies have been severely impacted by the punitive tariffs imposed on certain U.S. imports from China. These higher costs and the uncertainty of when or if the punitive tariffs will be removed have hampered innovation, U.S. job growth and new business opportunities for outdoor companies.


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TIME SENSITIVE: Support The Great American Outdoors Act

Please let your senators know that you support S.3422, The Great American Outdoors Act. This act will provide mandatory and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) as well as address the deferred maintenance backlog across our federal public lands.


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Support Key Land Protection Legislation (CORE Act, Grand Canyon, Chaco Cultural Heritage Area)

Please let your member of Congress know that you support H.R. 1373, the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act; H.R. 823, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act; and H.R. 2181, the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act.


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China 301 Tariffs on Outdoor Products

In an effort to compel the Chinese government to improve its protection of U.S. intellectual property, President Trump implemented a plan to substantially increase import tariffs — or taxes — on products sourced from China, including several from outdoor companies. Tariffs on more than $250 billion worth of products have been imposed to date.


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Support Recreation Not Red-Tape to Increase Access on Our Public Lands

The Recreation Not Red-Tape Act will streamline the permitting process between land management agencies by adopting a consistent and uniform permitting process for recreation providers such as outfitters and guides that operate on our public lands and waters.


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Support Veterans’ Recovery Outdoors

Bi-partisan legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to identify opportunities for the Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with other federal agencies and nonprofits to support the use of outdoor medical treatments and outdoor recreational therapy for veterans and determine barriers to providing veterans with those opportunities.


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Support the SOAR Act to improve access to our public lands

The SOAR Act will direct agencies to eliminate duplicative processes, reduce costs, shorten processing times and simplify environmental review in the process of issuing recreation permits. The bill will also increase the flexibility for outfitters and guides by allowing land management agencies to issue a single, joint permit to alleviate the administrative burden and reduce permit processing time.


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Write Your Delegation: We Need Bipartisan Climate Action

Climate change is impacting our communities, lands, waters and economy – particularly the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Not surprisingly, the Fourth National Climate Assessment issued by the U.S. Global Change Research Program in 2019 identified outdoor recreation and the tourism economies it supports as key areas of risk that will be severely degraded by the negative impacts of climate change.


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RICH HARPER

RICH HARPER

Manager of International Trade

rharper@outdoorindustry.org
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