Outdoor recreation plays a significant role in American lives. It provides physical challenges and well-being, helps develop lifelong skills, provokes interest and inquiry, inspires wonder and awe of the natural world, and often provides an alternative to daily routines. Recreation contributes greatly to the physical, mental, and spiritual health of individuals, bonds family and friends, and instills pride in natural and cultural heritage. Federal lands contribute significantly, and in many cases uniquely, to the provision of nature-based outdoor recreation opportunities.
It is apparent that the industry is testing its newfound political clout in an emerging battle over public lands. President Trump is expected to announce an executive order on April 25th that will direct the Interior Department to conduct a review of at least 50 national monuments to determine whether existing boundaries should be changed. The data could be a factor in future policy discussions on infrastructure investment and reform as well as debates over public land use.
- Protect America’s lands and waters, the assets that are the foundation of the outdoor recreation economy.
- Invest in local and federal recreation infrastructure and programs to ensure all Americans have access to public lands and waters.
- Promote outdoor recreation as part of community and public health policy and programming