Policy Blog – It’s Official! Oregon Outdoor Recreation Day

On May 23, HB 2143 was signed by Governor Brown, officially designating the first Saturday in June of each year as Oregon Outdoor Recreation Day.

By Cailin O'Brien-Feeney June 1, 2017

As we recognize Memorial Day, welcoming the return of the sunny skies and marking the unofficial start of summer, I want to share another bright spot: news from Salem. On May 23, HB 2143 was signed by Governor Brown, officially designating the first Saturday in June of each year as Oregon Outdoor Recreation Day.

Outdoor Industry Association, Mazamas and many other partners helped get this bill passed, and we owe a hearty thank you to the leadership of Representative Mark Johnson (R-52) and Representative David Gomberg (D-10) in sponsoring a bill that recognizes the importance of the outdoors to Oregon’s economy and way of life.

 The bill reads, in part:

 “Oregon offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation, as canyons and mountains, ocean and deserts, lakes, grasslands, rivers and ridges grace this state with an astonishing abundance of places to play and relax.”

 “Oregon’s culture and history are deeply tied to an active outdoor lifestyle, and over 90 percent of Oregonians report that they engage in at least one form of outdoor recreation.”

 “Outdoor recreation in Oregon annually generates $12.8 billion in consumer spending, creates 141,000 direct Oregon jobs that pay $4 billion in wages and salary, and provides $955 million in state and local revenues that in return support many of Oregon’s outdoor recreation spaces, as well as its schools and communities.”

 “It is appropriate that we designate an annual day to celebrate a facet of Oregon life that is so essential to its culture, economy and livability and that enhances the well-being of all who live in or visit this state.”

 Oregon Outdoor Recreation Day—this year on June 3—is a great time to get out and enjoy Oregon’s outdoors, whether you choose the coast, high desert, mountains or rivers.  

 Oregon’s legislative session is still ongoing, and we are working to advance another bill, HB 3350, creating an Office of Outdoor Recreation in the state. For more updates on current work in Oregon visit: http://oia.outdoorindustry.org/e/51282/2017-06-01/8ljfbb/514334689