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Outdoor recreation is among our nation’s largest economic sectors. From the smallest rural towns to the most densely packed cities, outdoor recreation powers a vast economic engine that creates billions in spending and millions of good – paying American jobs. When we invest the foundation of the recreation economy, our public lands and waters, there is compounding return in the form of healthier communities, healthier economies and healthier people. 

Outdoor Recreation Is a Powerful Force

The outdoor recreation industry is a powerful force in the overall U.S. economy, with consumers spending $887 billion annually on outdoor recreation and creating 7.6 million American jobs.

Outdoor Recreation Creates Healthy Economies and Healthy Communities

Time and time again, when leaders invest in outdoor recreation, research shows that it can reduce crime rates, improve educational outcomes, and lower health care costs.

Outdoor Recreation Depends on Investment in America’s Public Lands and Waters

Our public lands and waters represent the best of America to the rest of the world. The outdoor recreation economy depends on funding, management and access to public lands, which contribute to the growth of our economy and ensure that we have beautiful places to recreate.