U.S. Government: The Outdoor Industry Contributed Almost $374 Billion to the Economy

Made up 2% of GDP, more than mining, oil, and gas The outdoor industry contributed $373.7 billion to the United States economy in 2016, according to a new preliminary report from the Department of Commerce The statistics, gathered by the department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, found that the gross output of the outdoor industry made…

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Can the Organ Mountains Survive the White House’s Monument Review?

Vets, local leaders fighting for Southern New Mexico reserve. Garrett Reppenhagen had just two hours to help save Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. It was late July, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was visiting the site in New Mexico as part of his review of National Monuments, and Reppenhagen, Rocky Mountain director of the nonprofit Vet…

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Zinke Proposes Shrinking Monuments

But won’t recommend that president revoke designations. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is expected to recommend to President Donald Trump that he should decrease the boundaries of some national monuments. Zinke told the Associated Press Thursday morning that he would not recommend eliminating any monuments, and that none of the land in question would be sold…

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The Most Popular Program in the Outdoors is in Danger

The Land and Water Conservation Fund has bought land for national parks and long trails, and doesn’t cost taxpayers a thing. So why does the White House want to cut it? The LWCF helped protect Oregon’s Sandy RiverJonathan Asher didn’t know much about the Land and Water Conservation Fund when he started working for the…

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DOI Memo: Shrink Five More Monuments

In a leaked document, Sec. Ryan Zinke proposes changing boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante and others. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended President Donald Trump decrease the size of at least five national monuments, according to a leaked memo obtained by the Associated Press. Aside from Bears Ears, which Zinke recommended shrinking earlier this summer, the secretary proposed…

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