ORR President Says a Shutdown Stunt Will Cause Real Pain

Editor’s Note: Following is an excerpt of a column written by Jessica Wahl Turner, the president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, for Washington, D.C.-based DC Journal, an Inside Sources publication.

Fall is upon us, but as the leaves change and people start to plan autumn outdoor activities, there is a chill in the air. As president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, a coalition of outdoor recreation associations, I implore our lawmakers on Capitol Hill to consider the consequences of a government shutdown on the thriving $862 billion outdoor recreation economy and the 4.5 million Americans who rely on it for their livelihoods, writes Jessica Wahl at InsideSources.com

Jessica Wahl Turner

As we saw during the last shutdown, the damages from government closures are real — to our outdoor recreation economy, public lands and waters, the dedicated staff who manage these unique places, the visitors who cherish them, and the local communities, businesses and employees who rely on them.

In a time when companies are working diligently to recover from the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, a government shutdown would disrupt the amazing progress made by this sector. According to the Department of Commerce, outdoor recreation grew three times faster than the economy from 2020 to 2021, and outdoor jobs grew more than four times faster. Canceled visits to federal recreation sites interrupt consumer spending and cause lost wages and income for local residents, none of which will be restored by congressional action.

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