ICYMI: What's Happening Around the Industry
Welcome to our weekly roundup of noteworthy outdoorsy headlines. We’ve combed the social networks and scoured the news outlets to curate some of the most relevant and most intriguing stories out there. Read. Enjoy. Share.
April 19–April 26, 2017
The Outdoor Recreation Economy is HUGE
How huge? $887 billion in yearly spending and 7.6 million American jobs. Yep, you read that right. Outdoor recreation generates $887 billion per year in consumer spending and 7.6 million American jobs. These are just a few of the stats you’ll find in our latest Outdoor Recreation Economy Report. The report outlines the industry’s positive impacts on the U.S. economy and showcases examples of cities around the country benefiting from outdoor recreation. Plus, it’s full of surprising facts. For example, did you know more people are employed by hunting and fishing than oil and gas extraction?
Take Action: Let your elected officials know how big and how important the outdoor recreation economy is. Visit our Advocacy Center and share the report with your legislators.
Reaction to Trump’s Executive Order
Last night, as the Capitol Summit attendees were hearing from former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Senator Maria Cantwell and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in what was nothing short of a pep rally for America’s public lands and the outdoor recreation economy, the White House was preparing an executive order that President Trump is expected to sign today. The order would require the Department of the Interior to review monument designations made since 1996. Read OIA and member companies’ reactions here and stay tuned for more in the coming days.
Trout Unlimited Casts a Line to the Antiquities Act
During the past six months, a lot of arguments around National Monuments, the Antiquities Act, and public lands have surfaced. Conclusion: it’s confusing. Thankfully, the folks over at Trout Unlimited felt our pain and posted a blog explaining how National Monuments are created and where the Antiquities Act comes into play. Wading in a bit further, TU calls for our help in protecting the Act and the lands it preserves. TU probably couldn’t have published this post at a more urgent time. Why? Because news just broke that President Trump is expected to sign an executive order directing the Department of Interior to review prior monument designations under the Antiquities Act.
Visit Salt Lake Won’t Take “No“ for an Answer
Last week, Visit Salt Lake City submitted an unsolicited bid to host Outdoor Retailer for the next 10 years despite a recent announcement by the trade show’s owner, Emerald Expeditions, that it would vacate Utah over the state’s public lands policies. Remember now? In its statement, Visit Salt Lake touted the city’s prime location and friendly history with the trade show, and said, “Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County have a great track record of public-lands stewardship here and along the Wasatch Front, and our residents value public lands, recreation and access.” Is this Visit Salt Lake’s attempt to distance itself from the state’s messy politics? Maybe so. It doesn’t hurt to try. Right?
Our Voice in Washington Just Got Louder
It’s no secret to us that the business of outdoor recreation holds a bright future for communities and outdoorists. It looks like Congress is starting to catch on. Last week we announced the creation of bi-partisan House and Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucuses, a.k.a. SORC and HORC. The caucuses are forums for our allies in Congress to advocate for policies that support the outdoor recreation economy. SORC and HORC will give the industry more opportunities to educate Congress on issues like land and water conservation and trade policy. As of now, the two groups are mighty, but small. They need your support. Visit our Advocacy Center and learn how you can get involved.