BOULDER, Colo. – Executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association, Lise Aangeenbrug, today made the following statement after the House Committee on Natural Resources advanced long-awaited legislation to streamline regulations impeding access to outdoor recreation:
“Reducing regulatory red tape and streamlining permits will help Americans access our public lands and waterways more easily, as well as boost local tourism. Advancing this legislation is especially important for the thousands of businesses and millions of employees who are part of the outdoor economy, many of whom need additional support to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The last several months have demonstrated just how much people depend on outdoor recreation for health and wellness. Now is the right time to come together to pass legislation that would meaningfully improve the outdoor experience and bolster an industry with an outsized role in our nation’s GDP. Congress would do well to bring the ‘SOAR Act’ to the House floor without delay.”
About the 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. OIA unites and serves 1300 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.