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Outdoor Recreation Is An Economic Force In New Mexico

Outdoor Recreation Is An Economic Force In New Mexico

Outdoor Recreation Economy Contributes $9.9 Billion In Consumer Spending

The outdoor recreation economy directly contributes $9.9 billion in consumer spending annually and employs 99,000 people in New Mexico, according to a new report released today by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA). It generates $2.8 billion in wages and salaries, and $623 million in state and local tax revenue.

Earlier this year, OIA released its national Outdoor Recreation Economy Report, which found that outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in consumer spending and directly sustains 7.6 million American jobs annually. According to the report, which is the largest and most comprehensive state-by-state report of its kind, outdoor recreation supports health, contributes to a high quality of life, and attracts and sustains employers and families.

“Our public lands are where locals and visitors alike go to fill their freezers with elk or wild turkey, camp under the stars, bike on challenging single track, or cast a fly in a trout stream,” said U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), co-chair of the Senate Outdoor Recreation Caucus.

Earlier this year, Heinrich worked to advance two bills he introduced that will enhance opportunities for sportspeople, reauthorize a key conservation program, improve access to public lands, and protect wilderness within the Río Grande del Norte National Monument. He also advanced bipartisan legislation, the Every Kid Outdoors Act, to provide America’s fourth graders and their families free entrance to all federally managed land, waters, and historic sites, including national parks — more than 2,000 sites in all.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.