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Feds launch survey on impact of outdoors industry

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the federal government will launch an initiative to measure and quantify the outdoor industry’s impact on the U.S. economy.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the federal government will launch an initiative to measure and quantify the outdoor industry’s impact on the U.S. economy.

This is the first time the government will quantify the outdoor recreation sector in its jobs and economic impact report, and that’s an important victory for outdoor recreational industries, including boating, according to an announcement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The government counts other sectors, such as oil and gas, ranching, manufacturing, travel and tourism and the arts, but until this announcement it had yet to include outdoor recreation as a part of Gross Domestic Product reports.

The NMMA said that with Jewell’s announcement of a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Commerce to create a national Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account and a commitment of initial funding for this work, the federal government clearly understands that the outdoor industry and the outdoor recreation economy are "must haves" to support healthy communities and healthy economies across the country.

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