Congress launches bipartisan caucus for outdoor recreation industry

WASHINGTON D.C. — For the first time ever, the U.S. Congress has a bipartisan and bicameral caucus focused on the outdoor-recreation industry, with local Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., serving has one of the co-chairs.

Polis and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho,  are co-chairs of the House Outdoor Recreation Caucus. Sens. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., co-chair the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus.

“Outdoor recreation is a critical and vibrant facet to our nation’s economy and lifestyle,” Polis said, in a prepared statement. “The House Outdoor Recreation Caucus will advance an understanding of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the substantial economic activity that comes with it, which can be seen in every state and district across the country. As a representative from Colorado, where the outdoor industry is so prominent, I am proud to be a co-chair of the House Outdoor Recreation Caucus, and I look forward to finding commonsense solutions to protect and expand this industry. Discovering new ways to protect our lands and make it easier for everyone to access our outdoor activities while growing our economy has always been, and will remain, a top priority of mine.”

Both caucuses will act as a forum to support the outdoor-recreation industry and to encourage Americans to participate in outdoor rec.

Principles of the caucus include understanding the importance of the outdoor recreation economy, agreeing in the importance it place in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, appreciating the country’s land and water as a backbone to the industry and supporting the growth of manufacturers, retailers and outfitters.