The Outdoor Recreation Economy

Outdoor recreation is among our nation's largest economic sectors, representing the lifeblood of thousands of American communities and providing livelihoods for millions of American workers.

by Outdoor Industry Association

OUTDOOR RECREATION IS A POWERFUL ECONOMIC ENGINE. Outdoor recreation is among our nation's largest economic sectors, representing the lifeblood of thousands of American communities and providing livelihoods for millions of American workers.

The $887 billion outdoor recreation economy is a mandate. If we are to turn America's natural resources over to the next generations, "Increased, not impaired, in value," today's policymakers must:

1. Protect America’s lands and waters, the assets that are the foundation of the outdoor recreation economy. 

2. Invest in local and federal recreation infrastructure and programs to ensure all Americans have access to public lands and waters. 

3. Promote outdoor recreation as part of community and public health policy and programming.

Time and time again, when leaders invest in outdoor recreation the result is healthier communities and healthier economies.

Attached document published April 2017

About the Author


The Outdoor Industry Association is a membership-driven trade organization for the outdoor industry. In collaboration with our members, we are a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation.

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