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Outdoor groups ask congress to include recreational areas for disaster relief

Outdoor recreation groups ask Congress for help after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Marina wreaked havoc on the Florida Keys, the Texas coastline, and much of Puerto Rico. This picture was taken in Big Pine Key, Fla., in September.

Outdoor recreation groups ask Congress for help after Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Marina wreaked havoc on the Florida Keys, the Texas coastline, and much of Puerto Rico. This picture was taken in Big Pine Key, Fla., in September.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is joining with other outdoor groups to send a unified message to Congress and the Trump Administration about the importance of including recreational areas in disaster recovery efforts following recent hurricanes.

NMMA and other members of the Outdoor Recreational Industry Roundtable sent a letter to Congress, cosigned by 20 outdoor groups, asking Congress to focus on recreational infrastructure throughout states affected, the NMMA said.

“As you determine a path forward to restore and rebuild the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the outdoor recreation industry asks for your focus on recreational infrastructure throughout the process,” the groups wrote in the letter.

“While reestablishing recreational opportunities is important to return a sense of cultural normalcy to these affected states, outdoor recreation is also an important economic driver,” the letter said. “Restoring and improving recreational access and facilities will help provide necessary and important economic recovery in the U.S., specifically in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.”

The NMMA is encouraging members of the marine industry to share the letter with staff and stakeholders when communicating with Capitol Hill.

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