California State Legislature Passes New Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

By Amy Roberts August 30, 2018

The nation’s largest outdoor recreation economy joins seven other states with offices of outdoor recreation.

The California legislature gave final, unanimous, passage to AB 1918, the bill to create the Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation, yesterday. The bill now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law.

With the passage of AB 1918, California will be the 12th state with an official office or task force to support outdoor recreation, which accounts for $92 billion in consumer spending and 691,000 jobs in California.

OIA has led or been instrumental in the establishment of similar offices in states across the country. We look forward to working with the new Office of Sustainable Recreation to support California’s outdoor recreation economy, the largest of any state.

Thank you to the California outdoor and business communities that contacted their elected officials and signed onto letters addressed to legislative leaders and administration officials in support of AB 1918 and California’s recreation economy.

We are also grateful to AB 1918’s primary author, Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, as well as the co-authors of the bill Assembly Members Wendy Carrillo, Frank Bigelow, Kansen Chu, James Gallagher, Marc Levine, Rudy Salas Jr., Jim Wood and Catherine Bakerfor their support and guidance of the bill through each step of the legislative process.

We look forward to working with this new office as well as with states interested in taking a leading role on supporting the
outdoor recreation economy.