“America’s diverse and unique wildlife are not only essential to our country’s varied public lands and waters; they are a vital part of the outdoor recreation economy because Americans spend over $140 billion on wildlife-focused recreation every year supporting rural and gateway communities of every stripe. Outdoor Industry Association applauds Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) for leading on this proactive effort and sponsoring the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act,” said Patricia Rojas-Ungar, vice president of government affairs for Outdoor Industry Association. “The more we can do up front to bolster and improve habitat, reduce invasive species and reintroduce native species, the healthier our nation’s wildlife will be and the more money we will save in the long term –this makes fiscal sense and we pledge our support to move it forward.”
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Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1,300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org.