Outdoor Alliance, The Conservation Alliance, Outdoor Industry Association align around shared agenda with policymakers

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2023 ~ Three well-established outdoor industry non-profits have come together to form a coalition, Protect America's Outdoors, in order to protect the outdoors from unprecedented threats. Representing a quarter million people and 800 businesses, the coalition is unified by the idea that speaking with one voice on behalf of a huge group of people makes their collective impact stronger.

Outdoor Alliance, The Conservation Alliance, and Outdoor Industry Association are already long-time partners. Outdoor Alliance and The Conservation Alliance are nonprofits working to advocate for the human-powered outdoor recreation community and conservation-minded businesses around protecting America's wild places and outdoor spaces. Outdoor Industry Association is the trade association for the Outdoor Industry, whose membership champions conservation of public lands for both outdoor recreation and environmental health.

Adam Cramer, CEO of Outdoor Alliance said: "Protect America's Outdoors was born out of these challenges. Now is the time to show our collective power and make sure that lawmakers understand the importance of protecting the outdoors — not just for land, water, wildlife conservation, or outdoor recreation, but also for our identity as a nation." Shoren Brown, Vice President of Public Affairs for The Conservation Alliance added: "We're stronger together. We see tremendous potential to continue and grow the outdoor recreation industry and its economic impact across the country. The ceiling for progress is so much higher when we collaborate with those who share the same vision for conservation."

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The shared policy goals of Protect America's Outdoors include conserving America's public lands and waters; making American lands and waters part of climate solutions; supporting sustainable and equitable outdoor recreation access; ensuring funding for conservation and stewardship.

Outdoor recreation has contributed $862 billion in gross economic output to the U.S. economy in 2021 alone while sustaining more than 4.5 million jobs across communities around the country looking to expand outdoor recreation opportunities to enhance residents' quality of life and support diversified local economies.

Protect America's Outdoors is calling on policymakers to take action now in order to protect everything that nature provides for Americans everywhere. More information about Protect America's Outdoors can be found at www.ProtectingAmericasOutdoors.com
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