Get to Work While Congress is in Recess

While your elected officials are back home for August recess, let them know about the issues important to the outdoor industry.

August 9, 2017

It’s August, and your elected officials are home and eager to listen to the issues impacting their constituents. It’s a great time to remind them of the importance of the outdoor recreation economy and the issues we hope they will address when they head back to Washington.

Below are key issues we’re currently working on. Reach out to your representatives now and urge them to take action.

The Outdoor Recreation Economy

Share Your State’s Data

Click your state on this map to see how many jobs and dollars outdoor recreation generates where you live. Use the Read More link at the top of your state’s page to share the new recreation economy numbers with your governor and senators, and follow the links at the bottom of your state’s page to take action on other local and national issues.

Public Lands & Recreation

Support the Recreation Not Red-Tape (RNR) Act

Outdoor recreation participation is at record numbers, and it’s an economic force. Land management agencies need updated tools to protect and improve access to America’s public lands and waters. The RNR Act offers sensible, non-controversial proposals for identifying and appropriately managing important places for sustainable outdoor recreation across the country.  Ask your member of Congress to cosponsor this bill.

Ask Your Member of Congress to Join the Outdoor Recreation Caucus  

Outdoor Recreation Caucuses are forming in both the Senate and House of Representatives. Their goal? To provide a forum and engage in dialogue about the programs and policies that get more Americans outside in support of the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy. Ask your Senator and member of Congress to join the caucus. 

Support the federal Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program

Business leaders across the country are coming together to support the recommendations of the Alliance for America’s Fish and Wildlife to dedicate much-needed funding to proactive conservation of our treasured natural resources. Please join us.

Protect the Boundary Waters Wilderness from Mining Pollution

Federal agencies are conducting an environmental review of the Boundary Waters watershed to identify what makes it so unique, so clean and so sensitive to pollution. The review will ultimately help determine whether highly toxic sulfide-ore copper mining should be allowed near the watershed. Tell the U.S. Forest Service how you feel using our form.

Climate Change

Help Write the Outdoor Industry’s Climate Resolution

With your help, OIA is writing a resolution to introduce in the United States Congress that describes the threat climate change poses to the future of the outdoor industry. This is your opportunity to contribute to the resolution with your own “Whereas…” statement.

Oppose Drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife  Refuge

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is often regarded as our country’s last great wilderness. It’s an iconic wildlife refuge, home to the Gwich’in people, and is one of America’s crown jewels of recreation. We need your help to protect this area from the threat of oil drilling and to remind Congress that protecting iconic areas like the Arctic Refuge is good for business.

You can also urge key senators to protect this area with individual letters to Senator John McCain, Senator Jeff Flake, Senator Dean Heller, Senator Lindsay Graham and Senator Susan Collins.

International Trade

Help Lower Costs for Performance Apparel

The US OUTDOOR Act will eliminate import tariffs on recreational performance outerwear that currently face tariffs as high has almost 30 percent. Passing the OUTDOOR Act will help outdoor companies lower costs, drive innovation, create jobs and get more Americans outdoors.

Reach out to us with any questions or to learn more about any of the issues we are working on.