BOULDER, Colo. – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) President Kent Ebersole today thanked members of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for advancing the “America’s Outdoor Recreation Act” to the full Senate for its consideration.
“In a day and age when it seems there is little bipartisan cooperation in Washington, Senators Manchin and Barrasso are spearheading one of the most dynamic and comprehensive outdoor recreation proposals we have seen in more than 60 years. Their timing couldn’t be more perfect. Across the country, a record number of Americans are spending time outside and enjoying the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation.
“Unfortunately, there are still more than 100 million Americans who still do not live within walking or biking distance of a park. But there is hope. This legislation aims to bring green spaces to more people and expand access to the Great Outdoors. The work doesn’t stop there. There is an array of provisions to provide meaningful opportunities for job creators to expand their business, hire more employees, and strengthen communities from coast to coast.
“We are hopeful the Senate will take swift action to pass this bill, and we look forward to the House producing similar bipartisan companion legislation.”
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. For more than 30 years, OIA has served as the trusted convenor, resource, and voice of the outdoor industry. OIA unites and serves manufacturers, suppliers, sales representatives, and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation, and outdoor participation. The association provides its members with insights, advocacy, and opportunities for action that support the long-term success of outdoor businesses and ensure the outdoor experience for all. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org.