The Appalachian Mountain Club applauds the New Hampshire Legislature and Governor Sununu for establishing a new Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development when they approved this year’s state budget legislation this year. With this bill, New Hampshire joins over a dozen states across the country in establishing an office focused on outdoor recreation to coordinate outdoor recreation stakeholders, use infrastructure and industry to promote tourism and recruit members of the workforce, improve recreational experiences, and develop user and economic impact data necessary to guide investment and long-term planning.
“We are delighted to see the creation of the Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry Development within New Hampshire’s Department of Business and Economic Affairs,” said John Judge, President and CEO of the Appalachian Mountain Club. “New Hampshire’s iconic mountains, lakes, forests, rivers, and seacoast provide a wide diversity of outdoor pursuits for residents as well as visitors from across the country and around the world. These rich outdoor recreation assets are a significant economic driver for the state, and this new office will provide the capacity and coordination necessary to ensure the continued vitality of New Hampshire’s outdoor recreation economy. As a long-time recreation stakeholder and provider, AMC is excited about realizing the opportunities such focused and strategic economic development will create.”