Help BEA Define Outdoor Recreation

As directed by last year’s groundbreaking legislation, the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact (REC) Act of 2016, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is seeking YOUR help defining what activities should be considered “outdoor recreation” and establishing the scope of the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA) which will measure outdoor recreation as a part of national gross domestic product.

Last month, Outdoor Industry Association released the third version of the “Outdoor Recreation Economy” report showing that outdoor recreation contributes $887 billion in direct consumer spending, supports 7.6 million American jobs, and adds $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue and $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue.

Though we believe the activities in this report are a comprehensive definition of outdoor recreation, now is your opportunity to add activities you believe should also be measured by BEA in their research.

You can quickly and easily send your input to BEA by filling out the information below and using the template on the next page to submit a message to BEA. Even if you believe OIA’s Outdoor Recreation Economy report provides an excellent baseline for the BEA research, please send a message stating that.