Mon Oct 9, 2017
The following article was written by RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer and NMMA’s Thomas Dammrich in an Oct. 6 story written by The Denver Post.
With fall upon us, millions of Americans will head to America’s iconic public lands and waters to soak up what’s left of warmer weather and get a glimpse of fall’s renowned foliage.
Ensuring Americans’ ability to enjoy our country’s outdoor spaces is big business and critical to the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry. Given their significant role in providing healthy, outdoor recreation for Americans and the millions of jobs and thousands of small businesses they support, it’s time our national parks, waterways and other public outdoor spaces get the attention they deserve.
In recent months, the decision by the Trump Administration to review the size of 27 National Monuments has spurred an important debate. Yet, there is a much greater threat to the nation’s recreation economy looming than monument borders and it is an issue that receives little to no attention. Improvements to our outdated recreation infrastructure have gone largely unaddressed by both political parties for decades, no matter who lives in the White House or is in the majority on Capitol Hill.