The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) said it was expressing its strong support for the quick advancement of bipartisan infrastructure legislation.
In a statement, ORR said it appreciated the work by the administration and the Senate to reach agreement on an infrastructure package.
“This infrastructure package represents an extraordinary bipartisan opportunity to not only rebuild our crumbling roads, bridges and airports but also to improve the infrastructure behind our beloved public lands and waters,” ORR Executive Director Jessica Turner said. “Meaningful investments in transportation, public lands, rural development, and natural infrastructure connect more people to the outdoors and strengthen the outdoor recreation economy, which creates jobs, helps us to remain globally competitive, and ensures we recover from the impacts the pandemic had on jobs, local communities, our health and our quality of life.”
Turner said ORR, which includes RVIA and RVDA, encourages Congress to move the bill forward.
“Much of America’s recreation infrastructure on federally managed lands and waters is also associated with revenue streams that fund conservation programs – fishing and hunting licenses; entrance and activity fees; campground, slip and launch fees; recreation permits and registration fees; and excise and fuel taxes,” ORR stated. “Additionally, studies have confirmed that for every dollar Congress invests in the National Park Service, $10 is returned to the U.S. economy, which directly benefits our nation’s rural areas and gateway communities.