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New partnership between governors and outdoor industry could help grow boating

The Outdoor Recreation Learning Network, a new resource system, was launched earlier this week by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and National Governors Association, along with industry stakeholders such as the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

A story in NMMA’s e-newsletter Currents said the network will allow states to “leverage their unique natural, cultural and historical outdoor recreation resources to advance economic, workforce, health and environmental benefits.”

The story noted that the network is a culmination of a “flurry of state-level efforts to protect and expand outdoor recreation, signaling a growing understanding of the industry’s importance across the country.”

“This partnership will ensure that the outdoor recreation sector has the support it needs at the state and local level to continue to grow, providing jobs, outdoor access for all, and health and quality of life benefits for generations to come,” said Jessica Wahl, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. She called the partnership a “game-changer.”

“NGA’s decision to create an initiative solely focused on supporting and expanding outdoor recreation opportunities is an ironclad endorsement of our industry’s rapidly increasing economic significance,” said NMMA president Thom Dammrich in Currents. “The Outdoor Recreational Learning Network will provide states with vital resources to help our industry — and cherished American pastimes — continue to thrive, and we thank NGA for leading the way on outdoor recreation issues.”

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