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Massachusetts Creates Workplace Of Out of doors Recreation

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Massachusetts has established an Office of Outdoor Recreation based in the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. It is the 18th state in the nation to do so.

“From the Berkshires to the Cape and Islands, the Commonwealth offers a range of recreational opportunities for residents and visitors,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The new Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation will help us continue to strengthen this growing sector by working with dedicated and passionate stakeholders.”

“Outdoor recreation is an enduring economic engine for communities across the Commonwealth, creating jobs and supporting small businesses,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our world-class parks, beaches and trails attract visitors from around the world, and the establishment of this office will encourage collaboration between local communities, outdoor businesses and the Commonwealth to expand these opportunities even further.”

The office will focus on: coordinating outdoor recreation policies; Identification of funding opportunities for programs and infrastructure; improving public access and recreation infrastructure; Supporting the outdoor recreation economy, promoting equity and access to outdoor recreation opportunities, promoting Massachusetts as a great place to work, live and enjoy outdoor recreation.

“Whether it’s a weekend camping trip with family, a bike ride with friends or a hike through a state park, spending time outdoors is good for our physical and mental well-being,” said Secretary of Energy Beth Card and environmental matters. “Importantly, the Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation will be a key asset in ensuring these types of opportunities and more are available to all Commonwealth residents and visitors, with a particular focus on our environmental justice communities. “

According to a 2021 report According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the outdoor recreation economy accounted for $9.5 billion in value added to the Massachusetts economy, or 1.5 percent of GDP, and 93,422 jobs, accounting for 2.6 percent of state and outdoor employment -Massachusetts’ leisure economy grew 24 percent from 2020 to 2021. Top sectors by economic value added include boating and fishing, hunting, shooting and trapping, RV, rock climbing, hiking and tent camping, skiing and snowshoeing, motorcycling, quad biking and bicycling.

Massachusetts is the latest states, along with Maryland and Arkansas, to have established an Office of Outdoor Recreation as of 2020.

According to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, the outdoor recreation industry contributed $862 billion (1.9 percent of GDP) to the economy and created 4.5 million jobs in 2021.