Last week, after President Obama signed the bill into law, a commentary piece in the Star Tribune hailed the Act as an important step to understanding the "full impact of recreational use when considering management of federal and state forests."
Outdoor Industry Association, who lobbied for the bill also reported, "This groundbreaking, bipartisan legislation that will count outdoor recreation jobs as part of the Gross Domestic Product... is expected to provide better tools for elected officials to make more informed policy decisions and to have a better understanding of the role the outdoor industry has on the nation’s overall economic health."
We put out a call on our social media accounts to hear your opinons on this bill: How would you or your business be affected by it? What are your questions, comments or concerns?
Tom Kalahar has recently retired after working for Renville County Soil & Water Conservation District for 37 years and is now the Vice Chair of Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) based in Montevideo, Minn. He wrote in this response to our query: