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 the SOAR Act
The SOAR Act will improve the permitting process of guides, outfitters, and outdoor recreation providers by eliminating duplicative processes, shortening processing times, and reducing cost and burden.
Support $500M for Urban Parks
Legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to help ensure that all Americans have access to outdoor spaces and the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation while providing a much-needed boost to local economies hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Led in the Senate by Senators John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) and led in the House by Representatives Nanette Barragán (D-CA), Mike Turner (R-OH) and Joe Neguse (D-CO), the “Park, Jobs, and Equity Act” would provide $500 million for urban parks.
Protect Boundary Waters From Mining
Representative Betty McCollum (D-MN-04) has reintroduced legislation that will provide permanent protection of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and interconnected public lands and waters, including Voyageurs National Park, from sulfide-ore copper mining.