States Team Up To Support And Protect The Outdoors And The $900 Billion Industry It Creates

Author:Mr Dieter J. Raemdonck
Profession:Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Last week, Colorado and seven other states (Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming) signed the "Confluence Accords" - a treaty of sorts that commits the signors to various efforts to grow the outdoor recreation economy.

The agreement dictates that the states adopt common principles aimed at:

public education and promotion of the benefits of outdoor recreation increased access to recreational activities environmental conservation and stewardship increased economic development collaboration and more Expansive Benefits. Not only does the outdoors provide obvious health and wellness benefits, the outdoor recreation industry creates almost $900 billion in consumer spending, while employing upwards of seven million people.

With economic benefits greater than the auto industry and the pharmaceutical industry combined, and intangible benefits that go to the "very character and quality of life we should all enjoy", expect to see the outdoor recreation industry in the news with more frequency in the days and months to come.

State and Federal Advocacy. Like many industries, the outdoor industry is closely tied to what happens in federal and state legislatures. This agreement, signed by eight states, is the latest in a series of steps intended to raise the profile, and flex the political muscle, of the outdoor recreation industry.

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