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Washington's reopening, and he
has done the vast majority of the
stakeholder work. When we spoke,
Snyder was working on new rules
for overnight summer camps. As
director of Washington's OREC,
he has introduced nuance into
guidelines. "If we don't fully understand the details of an activity,
it's hard to make proper rules,"
says Snyder.
It's taxing work. "Every day
there is a stack of inquiries we
have to make decisions on," says
Snyder. "On one side, people lose
their jobs, their livelihoods. On
the other side, people get sick
and die. We are trying to reduce
harm without destroying the
economy and to give people any
sense of normalcy we can. It's a
tricky path."
"At the same time, the virus has
laid bare all these inequities in our
society that are so large already,
and it's made them tons worse,"
continues Snyder. "My work to
restore getting people into the outdoors isn't worth anything if our
Black residents don't feel safe or if
outdoor spaces feel unwelcoming."

CA R LO N AS I S S E

Getting Back to Work
One of Grewe's first projects in his
new role is working with the Utah
legislature on a new Civilian Conservation Corps. Grewe compiled
a list of shovel-ready outdoor recreation and active transportation
projects for the legislature that,
if funded, will get people in rural
counties and people who work in
tourism back on the payroll.
"We're looking at trail projects
and infrastructure projects and
considering what will best boost
the economy," says Grewe. "A lot

From left: Colin Robertson,
Nevada Division of Outdoor
Recreation; Michael Snyder,
Vermont Office of Outdoor
Economy; Carolann Ouellette, Maine Office of Outdoor
Recreation; and Nathan Fey,
Colorado Outdoor Recreation
Industry Office

of Utah's recreation infrastructure was built 100 years ago by
the original CCC, which illustrates the investment proposition
of this idea."
Promising projects include a
visitor center near Brian Head Ski
Resort; a bike path connecting
Hurricane and Springdale; and
completion of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, a 220-mile trail from
Logan to the south end of Provo. If
the legislature approves funding,
Utah's OREC, with the state Office
of Tourism and Department of
Agriculture, will administer grants
to complete the projects.

Equality
New Mexico's director of outdoor
recreation, Axie Navas, is juggling
just as many balls as Snyder and

"GIVEN THE CONVERSATION IN THIS COUNTRY
AROUND RACIAL INJUSTICE AND EQUITY, THIS IS A
CRITICAL INVESTMENT. I HOPE OTHER STATES OR
THE COUNTRY AS A WHOLE WILL EMULATE IT."
-Axie Navas, New Mexico

Grewe. Her office's main priorities
include inclusivity and education.
"It's been the focus of our office
since it was created," says Navas.
"It was written into statute."
With school-age kids out of
the classroom in spring 2020,
and uncertainty around school
reopenings in September, Navas
and her colleagues are exploring opportunities for outdoor
programming. She's also finalizing
the first rewards from the newly
created Outdoor Equity Fund,
a grant program that invests in
transformative recreation for New
Mexico's 18-and-under kids in lowincome communities. In August,
the first grants will go to tribal
governments, regional and local
governments, and nonprofits.
"Given the conversation in this
country around racial injustice
and equity, this is a critical investment," says Navas. "I hope other
states or the country as a whole
will emulate it."
In the meantime, New Mexico's
OREC awarded a COVID-19-specific grant for a mobile ride center

in Gallup, one of the New Mexico
areas hardest hit by COVID. The
grant funds a mobile bike shop
staffed by Myron Billy, pro mountain bike mechanic with Luna/
Team Clif Bar, who will travel to
Navajo Nation communities to fix
kids' bikes. "Bikes are how kids
who can't drive get around," says
Navas. "This program fills a real
need. It will make sure kids can be
mobile and active."

Recreate Responsibly
The benefits of outdoor recreation
aren't just keeping active people
high on endorphins. Outdoor
recreation is a huge economic
driver for many states. With
limited interstate and intercontinental tourism right now, ORECs
are campaigning for locals to
explore close to home, working
to educate new enthusiasts on
proper conduct, and encouraging
experienced outdoors people not
to be elitist. In New Mexico, the
New Mexico True campaign-a
collaboration between Navas'
office, NM Tourism, and other

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