As part of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), NMMA joined other outdoor recreation groups to deliver a strong and unified message to Congress and the Administration about the importance of including recreation in disaster recovery efforts following recent hurricanes.
The letter to Congress, co-signed by 20 outdoor recreation groups, including NMMA, notes, “As you determine a path forward to restore and rebuild the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the outdoor recreation industry asks for your focus on recreational infrastructure throughout the process. While reestablishing recreational opportunities are important to return a sense of cultural normalcy to these affected states, outdoor recreation is also an important economic driver. Restoring and improving recreational access and facilities will help provide necessary and important economic recovery in the U.S., specifically in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.”
Adding, “Extreme high water, strong winds and surge from these storms caused exponential damage to bridges, boat ramps, docks, piers and navigational aids as well as erosion and structural damage to recreational facilities and access points in our local, state and national parks. The damage is not just of recreational importance, but also of public safety.”
NMMA encourages you to share the letter with your staff and stakeholders and as you communicate with the Hill.