December 22, 2014

Economics of Conservation, Outdoor Recreation and Preservation.

An important economic resource

I posted something like this on my blog this morning and wanted to share it with the OBN Community:

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Field and Stream and Angling Trade are all talking about a recently released report with important information about the positive impact conservation, outdoor recreation, and preservation has on the national economy. Take a look at these stories and download the report here.

From TRCP’s Sportsmen-conservationists help provide $1 trillion boost to economy:

“A new study finds that growing the U.S. economy is as easy as fishing your favorite stream or heading out for a hunt. According to the economic study, the great outdoors and historic preservation generate a conservative estimate of more than $1 trillion in total economic activity and support 9.4 million jobs each year.”

From The Conservation blog on Field & Stream, The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership And The $1 Trillion Question:

“I hope people will take the time to actually read and ponder what is revealed here. So much of it, if we think about it, is common sense– we all know (or are) someone who owns or works in an outdoor store, or as a guide or outfitter, or who has recently bought a boat or upgraded fishing tackle or guns. The money is there, it’s moving through the economy, and it is dependent on having healthy and protected lands and waters to use that tackle or shoot those guns (imagine the miniscule percentage of the economy in France, or China that is generated from hunting and fishing- then look at the US figures in the linked study).”

From Angling Trade, New Study Underscores the Economic Value of Outdoor Resources and Recreation:

“But the truth is that the outdoors is an important economic driver– a uniquely American economic driver that cannot be outsourced to China or India.  In a time when the debate revolves around “jobs, jobs, jobs” it’s important to understand that millions of American jobs revolve around wild places, the equipment that people use in the outdoors, the travel they do to experience the outdoors, and the things they read to help them get the most out of that experience.  In other words, jobs like yours and mine hang in the balance.”

The time has come to let our elected officials now about the positive impact conservation, outdoor recreation, and historic preservation has on the national economy. You will be hearing from the TRCP and others asking for your help. Right now is the time to step and lend a hand.

About Tom Sadler

Executive Director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Key grip and trout wrangler at Dispatches from the Middle River. Playing Doc Holliday to the Wyatt Earps of the fish and wildlife conservation world. Tenkara fly-fisherman, outdoor journalist, AFFTA board member.

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