Study: Outdoor recreation grew as economy slumped

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A report released by the Outdoor Industry Association shows that outdoor recreation is not only a major economic driver in the United States, but it also has grown throughout the recession.

That’s information the outdoors group and the National Marine Manufacturers Association brought to Capitol Hill last week, according to an NMMA post.

The NMMA attended an Outdoor Industry Association briefing on Capitol Hill last week with Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.); Rep. Charlie Bass (R-N.H.); Dustan McCoy, chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corp.; and Will Manzer, CEO of Eastern Mountain Sports and chairman of OIA’s board, to highlight the findings of the report.

The outdoor industry, including recreational boating, can continue to be a growing jobs generator and an economic driver in the United States if parks, waters and trails are managed as a system designed to sustain these economic dividends for America.

According to The Outdoor Recreation Economy report, more than 140 million Americans engage in outdoor activities each year, driving $646 billion in direct spending and supporting 6.1 million domestic jobs, according to the NMMA.

This new study reinforces the argument that outdoor recreation is a larger and more critical sector of the American economy than most people realize.

The outdoor recreation economy is responsible for 6.1 million direct American jobs, $646 billion in direct consumer spending, $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue and $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue, the outdoors group said.

This research also coincides with the NMMA's most recent Annual Statistical Report, which notes that boating has an estimated annual economic impact of $72 billion.

Click here to read the full report.

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