The first meeting of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Recreation Committee took place on July 17. Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin and Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris represented the boating industry in the gathering of outdoor recreation experts.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke chaired the meeting and presented a plan to reorganize the Department of Interior. If the plan is implemented, it would be the first time in 150 years that the department has been substantially changed. A subcommittee was formed and tasked with providing input and suggestions to the full board about potential changes.
Other points of discussion included how technology could improve the national park experience and how private-public partnerships could improve the national parks’ infrastructure. There were also discussions about access, an important issue for the boating industry. Subcommittees were formed around each of these topics.
Yeargin, Vice Chairman of the full committee, will be working with all subcommittees on their topics. “We had a great meeting with Secretary Zinke and other Interior Department officials to discuss ways of promoting outdoor recreation in the U.S.,” Yeargin told Trade Only Today. “I was honored to be elected Vice Chair of this Committee and look forward to working with Secretary Zinke and his team as we work together to modernize our national facilities and provide responsible access to our national lands.”