The National Marine Manufacturers Association and the recently formed Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable said they support the nomination by President-elect Donald Trump of U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to serve as Secretary of the Interior.
The appointment is of the “utmost importance to the outdoor recreation industry,” the NMMA said.
Land and water management are under the direction of the Department of Interior, with policies that directly affect recreational access to federally managed lands and waterways.
“We look forward to working with Rep. Zinke and the team at the Department of Interior to advance the outdoor recreation sector, grow jobs in the U.S. and ensure robust public access and treasured experiences boating and in the outdoors,” NMMA president Thom Dammrich said in a statement.
“As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, hunter and angler, Rep. Zinke understands the importance of access to and funding for America’s public lands and waters and the outdoor industry’s critical economic impact,” the NMMA said.
Zinke was a co-sponsor of the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016, which President Obama recently signed into law. It ensures that outdoor recreation jobs are counted by the federal government and will be measured as part of the overall Gross Domestic Product for the first time.