State Offices of Outdoor Recreation

OIA is actively engaged at the state and local level to grow the outdoor recreation economy. OIA has helped lead efforts to support the creation of outdoor recreation offices across the United States. To date, 16 states have created offices of outdoor recreation, task forces, or policy advisors to serve as the state lead in bolstering economic development and the outdoor recreation economy; promoting health and wellness; ensuring conservation and stewardship of public lands and waters; educating and engaging children in the outdoors; and serving as a point of contact to the businesses, stakeholders and different levels of government that care about the outdoor recreation industry.




Washington’s outdoor recreation lead was created via legislation in 2015. Jon Snyder serves as Senior Policy Advisor for Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development within the office of the governor who is charged with serving as the state lead on economic development issues relating to the outdoor recreation sector in Washington.



Oregon’s Office of Outdoor Recreation was created through legislation in 2017. The office is charged with coordinating the state’s outdoor recreation policy across agencies, between public and private sectors, and in cooperation with organizations that have a vested interest in seeing Oregon’s outdoor recreation reach its fullest potential in every corner of the state. The office will also supplement and amplify agencies already doing this work. Cailin O’Brien-Feeney has served as Oregon’s Director of Outdoor Recreation since 2018.



Utah was the first state to create a position, via gubernatorial action then codified through legislation, dedicated to the outdoor recreation industry in 2013. Directed by Pitt Grewe and housed in the Utah’s Office of Economic Development, the Office of Outdoor recreation’s mission is to coordinate outdoor recreation policy, management, and promotion among local, state and federal agencies; promote economic development; recommend and help implement policies and initiatives to enhance recreational amenities and experiences; develop data; and promote the health and social benefits of outdoor recreation.