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The state of Wisconsin now has an Office of Outdoor Recreation (OREC). RVIA News & Insights reported that funding for the new OREC office, to be located in the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, was included in the state budget that was signed on July 3 by Governor Tony Evers.

Wisconsin adds to the growing swath of states across the nation that have established OREC offices responsible for helping to grow the outdoor recreation economy.

The RV Industry Association (RVIA), along with other members of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), have called for governors in all 50 states to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation. As of June 2019, there have been four states across the U.S. (California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Jersey) that are actively pursuing the creation of OREC Offices through their state legislatures in their current sessions.

RVers are avid participators in many outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, biking, fishing, climbing, boating and snow sports. Studies have shown that outdoor recreation is also a key contributor to the nation’s economy.