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The (Outdoor)
Stimulus Bill

There's actually some good news out of
Washington, including major legislation for
the outdoors. By Amelia Arvesen
ON JUNE 17, THE SENATE PASSED

the Great American Outdoors Act,
which, at $18.5 billion, is being
hailed as the largest investment
in conservation and recreation in
generations-possibly ever.
The House is expected to vote on
the bill in the next few weeks, and
President Trump has indicated he will
sign it into law. The support comes after several major disappointments for
outdoor recreation, including slashes
to the National Park Service's budget
and the sunset of the Land and Water
Conservation Fund (LWCF).

This legislation will restore some
of the shortfalls. The bill would
permanently fund the LWCF at
its maximum allotment of $900
million annually. That could mean
more green spaces in urban areas
and recreation projects in rural
communities. The bill would also
start filling in the $20 million
deferred-maintenance backlog on
federal public lands. To start, the
bill would dedicate up to $9.5 billion
over the next five years to improve
campgrounds, trails, roads, docks,
restrooms, and other outdoor rec-

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reation-related facilities that have
deteriorated over the years.
Passing 73-25, the bill-sponsored by Sens. Cory Gardner
(R-Colorado) and Joe Manchin (DWest Virginia)-brought both sides
of the aisle together. "In an election
year, during a pandemic, with a very
divided nation, this bill was one big
thing the Senate could get across
the finish line," says Jessica Turner,
executive director of Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR). "We need
to build on this work and continue
to support the bipartisan champions
who got us here."
ORR members including RV
Industry Association and Outdoor
Industry Association (OIA) have
worked on this piece of legislation
for years. "As the country takes steps
toward economic recovery from
COVID-19, federal investment in
our public lands and waterways is
critical to boost local economies,
create thousands of jobs, and protect
and improve our national parks,"
says Lise Aangeenbrug, executive
director of OIA. "These investments
would also increase community
access to nearby parks and trails,
helping address gaps between where
people live and nearby opportunities. In turn, more Americans will
benefit from the health and wellbeing that parks and trails provide."
Before COVID-19, the outdoor
industry accounted for 2.2% of the
U.S. gross domestic product, contributed $778 billion in economic
output, and supported 5.2 million
jobs. But, like many industries, it
was hit hard. Stores and offices

closed. Shutdowns slowed growth.
Companies laid off employees. However, at the same time, more people
started to get outside, according to
numerous industry reports.
More than 850 conservation
organizations, local governments,
and tourism boards, and over 100
companies from across the sector,
came together in support of the
legislation. A letter signed by Vista
Outdoor, VF Corporation, Trek
Bikes, Seirus Innovative Accessories, Kampgrounds of America,
and other big companies said that
funding infrastructure projects will
ensure that "more people who are
seeking the benefits the outdoors
has to offer can get outside safely
and grow our industry sustainably."
According to Turner, the companies
were mentioned several times on the
Senate floor during debate. "The
outdoor business community has a
key role to play," she says.
Other outdoors-related political activity in the pipeline this year
includes:
* Introduced in the Senate and
House, the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps bill would authorize the president to employ people
to, in part, restore trails and paths,
forest federal and public lands, and
prevent floods and fires.
* Another recreation package
will include pieces like the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act and the Recreation Not
Red Tape Act.
* Restore America's Wildlife Act
will continue to be a priority for conservation and wildlife groups.

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