USDA to Create Plan to Broaden Recreation Economies and Assist Individuals Thrive Throughout Rural America

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TO WASHTON, Jan. 19, 2023 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it will create a plan to expand recovery economies to help people in rural America thrive.

Through a memorandum of understanding, Rural Development, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the US Forest Service will work together to develop an annual plan to expand economic opportunities related to recreation in communities surrounding America’s national forests .

The annual plan will outline how the agencies will work together to deliver program work, host information sessions and workshops, and develop toolkits to help people access the resources they need to thrive in the leisure economy to be. Agencies will also:

  • Provide technical and planning assistance to help local, state, and tribal leaders develop regional economic development plans that advance recovery economies.
  • Providing funding under the Rural Development and National Institutes of Food and Agriculture programs to help US Forest Service gateway communities build resilient recreational infrastructure and business development projects that create jobs.
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships and more.

Today’s announcement supports the Biden-Harris administration’s multi-agency efforts, known as the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation, to provide safe, affordable, and equitable opportunities for Americans to be outdoors.

For more information, see: https://www.fs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/USDA-Interagency-Outdoor-Recreation-Economy-Memorandum-of-Understanding.pdf.

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