From our vantage point in Golden, CO and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, we at Mountainsmith are hopeful that President Obama’s recent nomination of Sally Jewell to lead the US Department of the interior is confirmed after the hearing process with the US Senate. In a 2012 report, the outdoor industry was found to support 6.1 million jobs and $646 million in recreation spending each year. Our industry is ranks in the top 3 in the nation behind only healthcare and finance and above industries such as pharmaceuticals and automotive (Source: 2012 OIA Outdoor Recreation Economy Report). With Mrs. Jewell’s perspective on what our large and influential industry offers the US economy, we are hopeful that this will equate to a focus on increased participation in outdoor recreation, sound management of the lands on which we play and careful consideration of our natural resources.
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