Thu Jul 11, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
Wisconsin now has an Office of Outdoor Recreation, bringing the number of similar state offices in the United States to at least nine. California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey are also actively pursuing an OREC through their state legislatures, according to the RVIA.
The RVIA has called for all 50 states to establish an OREC to help grow the outdoor recreation economy. An OREC would help coordinate outdoor recreation policy, according to the RVIA, and promote economic development among stakeholders in the outdoor recreation industry at the state level.
RVIA officials say RVers are avid participants in many outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, boating and snow sports. The outdoor industry's economic impact is also huge, RVIA officials say, as the industry represents 2.2 percent of the nation's total gross domestic product (GDP) and contributes $734 billion annually to the U.S. economy.
Even more significant, during 2012-to-2016, outdoor recreation grew even faster than the U.S. economy overall.
Wisconsin's OREC was included in the state budget signed by Governor Tony Evers on July 3.