In its annual report, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) said 2020 was an “incredibly collaborative and impactful year” for outdoor recreation. ORR said it provided a recreation agenda to the new presidential administration and met with transition team officials to discuss the “important role our sector has to play.”
“This past year the outdoor recreation industry was able to come together like never before and help pass the largest piece of recreation legislation in decades and weather the impacts of COVID-19,” acting Executive Director Lindsey Davis said. “ORR is proud to release our 2020 annual report, showcasing our efforts to lead a collaborative industry response to the pandemic, provide support for rural economic growth, bridge the gap between federal agencies and outdoor recreation, educate lawmakers on the importance of our industry and so much more. We are proud of the work ORR’s membership has accomplished and look forward to another strong year.”
The report looked ahead to 2021, stating much remained unknown, particularly about the pandemic. ORR said its members remained devoted to fostering collaboration, removing barriers, securing access to recreational opportunities, conserving lands and waters and ensuring the recognition of the outdoor recreation economy.
ORR said it would accomplish its goals by:
- Promoting the growth of the outdoor recreation industry and the activities that more than 144 million outdoor enthusiasts enjoy;
- Educating decision makers, the public, and businesses on balanced policies that conserve public lands and waters and enhance infrastructure to improve the recreation experience;
- Connecting all sectors of the outdoor industry to advance and strengthen the Outdoor Recreation Economy and increase access to the outdoors; and
- Advocating through our 501(c)(6), the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Association (ORRA), to ensure recreation is at the forefront of the national dialogue.
“We are committed to revitalizing America through outdoor recreation,” the report stated.
ORR stated its members believe:
- Investments in recreation infrastructure support jobs and grow local economies;
- Improved recreational access drives rural communities;
- Sound conservation policies sustain resilient recreation landscapes; and
- Free and fair trade ignites American innovation.
“By focusing on these main pillars,” the report stated, “we can continue to support recreation’s economic comeback and drive our nation forward into a new era of prosperity for generations to come.”