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Outdoor recreation has larger economic impact than mining or agriculture

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Kamila Kudelska, Wyoming Public Media:

The new study by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis showed that outdoor recreation accounted for two percent of the entire U.S. economy in 2016.


Tara Highfill, a research economist at the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, said two percent is actually very significant in the overall economy.

“That may sound small, but it’s actually quite large when you look at other industries,” she said. “For example, outdoor recreation is larger than the entire mining industry in the U.S. It’s larger than the entire agriculture industry in the U.S.”

Highfill said the most surprising finding is the size of the outdoor recreation economy and the speed at which it is growing. In 2016, the outdoor recreation economy grew 3.8 percent, compared to a growth of 2.8 percent in the overall economy. A final report will be released in September.

Study: Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account: Prototype Statistics for 2012-2016

Outdoors Economy Is Bigger Than Oil – GearJunkie
Outdoor recreation was 2 percent of GDP in 2016 – TheHill

Canada’s MEC faces calls to drop outdoor brands owned by U.S. ammunition and gun manufacturer

Canadians are examining which outdoor equipment companies they should be supporting and looking closer at what brands they should be buying.

Vancouver-based outdoor apparel and goods retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) sells Vista Outdoor brands, including Giro, Camelbak and Blackburn.

Utah-based Vista Outdoor Inc. also designs, develops, and manufactures ammunition, long guns and related equipment under such brands as Federal PremiumBushnell, and Savage Arms.
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