The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable released its 2022 Annual Report, outlining what it called an “incredible year for the record-breaking $862 billion outdoor recreation industry.”
The association facilitated cross-industry collaboration that enabled what he described as “huge industry gains” while continuing to “boost and support local economies and work to ensure all Americans have access to the great outdoors.”
ORR said the report outlines how the organization and its members have “delivered breakthrough innovations, secured increased funding and contributed to critical infrastructure reform at a time when more Americans are seeking the myriad benefits to be had from the… spending time outdoors”.
Highlights of the year found in the report include:
- Supporting the Biden administration’s revitalization of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) to allow federal agencies for land and water management to work together to address recreation issues related to funding, overcrowding and climate resilience;
- Partnered with congressional leaders to create an outdoor recreation bill package that received bipartisan and unanimous support in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources;
- Securing millions in funding for rural communities through grants from the Economic Development Agency;
- Coordinating the release of new outdoor recreation economic data from the Department of Commerce, showing that the outdoor recreation category had its best year in 2021;
- Introducing new resources for organizations promoting inclusion in nature;
- Host Industry Summit on Next Generation Electrification and Technology in Outdoor Recreation; and
- Introduced workforce career modules to support employers/employees, welcoming new members and government offices.
ORR President Jessica Turner said: “The ORR team looks forward to building the next major phase of growth for the organization with a focus on industry thought leadership and gatherings to ensure recognition of the leisure industry and policy developments at all levels, that support healthy business, the environment, and recovery economies for the benefit of all Americans. The next year will be critical for both our organization and the leisure industry at large, and we look forward to ushering in another year of dedication to our amazing members and the lands and waters that serve as the backbone of our strong sector. “
To read the report go here.