Oregon Creates Office of Outdoor Recreation

By Cailin O'Brien-Feeney July 5, 2017

Earlier this afternoon, a bill to create an Office of Outdoor Recreation in Oregon received final approval in the state legislature. House Bill 3350 passed on a Senate vote of 19-11, previously clearing the House without opposition. The bill is now headed to Governor Kate Brown, who is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

“KEEN is a proud contributor to the outdoor recreation economy, which is a significant driver in Oregon – contributing $12.8 Billion in consumer spending and creating 141,000 jobs. Having a dedicated Office of Outdoor Recreation that supports Oregon’s outdoor recreation economy every day simply makes sense. It’s forward thinking, and in the shared interest of all Oregonians” said Chris Enlow, Corporate Responsibility Director, KEEN, Inc.

“This bill is a culmination of efforts by a lot of dedicated outdoor industry professionals, state agencies, outdoor organizations, and state legislators. We all have a vision of putting Oregon at the forefront of developing the outdoor recreation industry to its full potential by creating this vital Office of Outdoor Recreation” said Van Schoessler, a Bend-based sales manager for Stanley-PMI Worldwide and president of the Oregon Outdoor Alliance, a local business group.

“By creating an Outdoor Recreation Office, Oregon is sending a loud and clear message that we all deserve state-level leadership that will create more opportunities for everyone to get outside and enjoy our public lands” said Lee Davis, executive director of Mazamas, an Oregon outdoor business.

The new Office of Outdoor Recreation will operate within the State Parks and Recreation Department, collaborating closely with Oregon Business Development and Travel Oregon. Full text of the bill can be viewed here: http://oia.outdoorindustry.org/e/51282/ureDocument-HB3350-B-Engrossed/8npvdj/532727145

Outdoor Industry Association especially thanks chief sponsors Representatives Johnson (R-52), Helm (D-34) and Buehler (R-54) and co-sponsors Representatives Gomberg (D-10), Holvey (D-08), Huffman (R-59), Lininger (D-38), David Brock Smith (R-1), Greg Smith (R-57) and Senator Prozanski (D-4) and Thomsen (R-26). This win would not have been possible without the partnership of dozens of industry companies, nonprofits and agencies within the state.

Outdoor Industry Association looks forward to working with this new office, and all states interested in taking a leading role on supporting the outdoor recreation economy.