WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Nov. 7 the establishment of the “Made in America” Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee, he said, would advise him on public-private partnerships across all public lands, with the goal of expanding access to and improving infrastructure on public lands and waterways.
“The spirit of American innovation and ingenuity is what built our country and the Interior Department wants that same spirit and energy to resonate within the realm of outdoor recreation on our public lands,” Zinke said. “By forming this committee, I look forward to hearing from the best and the brightest in our private sector on how to improve the public experience on our federal lands and waters by expanding access for all Americans.”
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, outdoor recreation generates $887 billion in economic impact and supports 7.6 million jobs across the country. The creation of the committee is an important step in harnessing the might of the outdoor recreation economy, and shows the Department’s commitment to supporting its continued growth, it said.
The members of the committee will be selected for their diverse backgrounds and their experiences with the recreational industry. Prospective members will have knowledge utilizing public-private partnerships, providing recreational visitor experiences, developing and deploying infrastructure improvements, or a thorough understanding of recreational equipment.
The duties of the committee, which is expected to meet at least two times annually, are strictly advisory and will consist of, but not be limited to, providing recommendations including policies and programs that:
- Expand and improve visitor infrastructure developed through public-private partnerships;
- Implement sustainable operations embracing fair, efficient and convenient fee collection and strategic use of the collected fees;
- Improve interpretation using technology;
- Create better tools and/or opportunities for Americans to discover their lands and waters.
Comments and/or nominations may be emailed to Teri Austin, Associate Director for Business Services – National Park Service, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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