5 Tools You Can Use to Advocate For Outdoor Recreation

Advocacy isn't a once-a-year thing. These resources will help you get up to speed on the issues that matter and on the best ways to amplify the message all year long.

By Deborah Williams April 25, 2017

Outdoor recreation is among our nation’s largest economic sectors. It contributes to public health and happiness. Recreation infrastructure and local outdoor businesses fuel healthy communities. Now more than ever, we need to show policymakers how important outdoor recreation is to America and Americans.

Use these resources to support OIA’s advocacy efforts during our Capitol Summit and throughout the year.  Share them with your coworkers, your customers, your community and your elected officials. And if you want to learn more about working alongside OIA’s government affairs team on the issues that affect outdoor recreation business, reach out to us.

Recreation Economy Report

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Released in conjunction with our 2017 Capitol Summit event, the report shows that the outdoor recreation industry is a powerful force in the overall U.S. economy, with consumers spending $887 billion annually on outdoor recreation and the industry creating 7.6 million American jobs. In addition, the report demonstrates how the outdoor recreation economy works in tandem with preservation and conservation efforts for America’s most treasured outdoor spaces, contributing to the growth of our economy and ensuring that we are properly protecting America’s beautiful lands. Finally, the report is a valuable resource that can be used by members of the industry to better understand the outdoor recreation landscape and how it impacts their businesses.

Recreation Economy report social toolkit

Not sure how, exactly, to promote the report? Use this handy dandy guide, which includes suggested messaging and messages that you can simply cut-and-paste in your social feeds or dress up with your own flair.

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Learn more. Do more.
Wouldn’t it be great if there were a central database of all the issues currently facing outdoorists in every state and across the nation? There is. Our new advocacy center is a one-stop hub of policy and advocacy information. Find out how many jobs and how much revenue the outdoor recreation economy generates in your state. Connect directly with your local and federal elected officials. Read about the outdoor recreation and trade legislation currently on the docket in your state and in Washington D.C. And read exclusive articles that dig into the details and stories behind the people and places making headlines.

Social Slack-tivism

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“You Too Can Be A Political Slactivist”

Bridge the divide between your favorite local greenways and Washington’s Beltway (or your local statehouse) in just 140 characters. In this article, we show you how to raise your voice by joining a chorus of outdoorists calling for smart outdoor policies at the local and federal level. Use this Twitter cheat sheet to send your policymakers pre-maked messages

Policy Agenda

We focus on increasing outdoor participation, advancing sustainable business practices and shaping public policy: for funding and access to outdoor recreation, lower business costs, predictability and stability in global supply chains, risk mitigation and the integrity of our members’ brands. To that end, OIA government affairs will focus on the priorities outlined in our 2017 Policy Agenda.

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How many Americans spend time outdoors? Where do they go and what do they do? All that information and more is available in the 2017 Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report released by Outdoor Foundation. Download it now, and read all about it.