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RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Congress Representatives Voice Concerns Over NPS Order 100

Fri Nov 18, 2016

Leaders in both the House and Senate – at the urging of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) – are voicing serious concerns about the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposed Director’s Order (DO) 100.

Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska – Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee – is calling for a 60-day extension of the original 30-day public comment period based on her significant reservations about the potential impact of DO 100. The Senator expressed her concerns in a letter sent Nov. 17 to NPS Director Jon Jarvis, saying that, while she respects NPS’ efforts to focus on preservation and restoration, those goals may conflict with other appropriate uses of parks set forth in the agency’s Organic Act.

Representative Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, also is voicing his concerns, urging NPS not to move forward with DO 100. Bishop has stated that, if issued without appropriate public discussion, DO 100 will be a strong candidate for repeal when the 115th Congress meets early next year.

According to ARC, DO 100 would create a new and very restrictive “precautionary principle” that would keep NPS from fulfilling its dual mission as described in the agency’s Organic Act: “To conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same.” DO 100 would severely limit the agency’s ability to be flexible and responsive to its visitors’ changing interests and expectations, according to the representatives.

“As NPS moves into its second century, it must do so with a balanced approach to visitor experiences and protection, championing both park resources and the enjoyment of great experiences in the great outdoors,” ARC President Derrick Crandall says.

To read Murkowski's letter, click on the link below.

Additional Information: http://www.funoutdoors.com/files/Murkowski%20Letter%20to%20Jarvis%20on%20DO%20100.pdf