Call it what you will: an economic downturn, a recession, the second great depression — these are relatively rough times. But as it turns out, in the midst of the economic madness, outdoor recreation is actually booming by creating the likes of $6.1 million in direct American jobs and $646 billion in consumer spending each year. Add to those numbers that a recent OIA Outdoor Recreation Economy shows that outdoor recreation has created $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue and $39.7 billion in state and local tax revenue and you have solid (and seriously impressive) proof that the outdoor industry is darn good for our faltering economy.
According to an article about the OIA report in Rock and Ice:
Says Brady Robinson, who attended the briefing on behalf of the Access Fund and Outdoor Alliance: “Conservation and public access advocacy are vitally important to a large and growing sector of the US economy. Protecting our nation’s great places makes good economic sense, drives job growth and increases the quality of life for our citizens.”
Now that there’s economic proof of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the outdoor industry in general it’s completely feasible to make the case that maintaining and improving our country’s playgrounds is more than just important; it’s imperative. In the latest OIA Newsletter, Will Manzur, CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports and chair of the OIA Board of Directors stated:
“Now we can emphatically make the case that we can extract economic value from our natural resources without depleting them. Outdoor recreation can continue to be a growing jobs generator and an economic driver in the United States if we manage and invest in parks, waters and rails as a system designed to sustain these economic dividends for America.”
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