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.
Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act 2019
The Restore Our Parks Act aims to tackle the backlog by investing up to $13 billion in new funding derived from resource extraction on public lands and waters over the next 5 years. Already, the bill enjoys bipartisan support in both the House – with over 300 co-sponsors, and the Senate – with over 40 co-sponsors.
Permanent, Full Funding for LWCF
Full funding of LWCF through this bill will ensure that our public lands remain economic drivers for rural and urban communities and ensure that future generations inherit and enjoy our public lands.
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.
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 veteran and determine barriers to providing veterans with those opportunities.
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.
COLORADO OUTDOOR RECREATION & ECONOMY (CORE) ACT
Stakeholders from across Colorado, representing outdoor businesses, recreation groups, hunters and anglers, and conservationists each contributed elements to establish new wilderness areas, protect existing outdoor recreation opportunities and the benefits they provide to Colorado’s economy and Coloradans.