30 outdoor recreation businesses applaud the Obama Administration’s approach to balanced energy development, common sense regulations

For Immediate Release: September 29, 2016
Contact: Katie Andriulli, kandriulli@mrss.com, 917-438-4605

$646-billion industry depends on access to clean air, land and water


Moab, UT — Today, the CEOs of 30 outdoor recreation companies sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell expressing support and appreciation for the Administration’s efforts to reform and update our nation’s energy policies on public lands, emphasizing that smart planning for resource extraction is critical to protecting revenue flows from our country’s booming $646-billion outdoor industry.

The letter, signed by top recreation businesses across the country, including Patagonia, Osprey, Burton, and Skullcandy, applauds ongoing efforts by the Administration aimed at ensuring that energy development on our public lands strikes a balance between the needs of industry, and the long term needs of communities who serve as gateways to our public lands. These actions by the Administration include: creating a “smart from the start” process for developing renewable energy on public lands; reforming the federal coal leasing program; cutting methane waste pollution; protection for streams often damaged by industrial waste removal; and the implementation of a planning tool to protect rivers, trails, and other recreational destinations from oil and gas development.

“The outdoor recreation economy depends on our diverse system of public lands, which are truly the heart and soul of our nation,” said Kenny Ballard, SR VP at Osprey Packs in Cortez, Colorado. “Poorly planned energy development and climate change are affecting our landscapes, but the reforms being implemented by the Obama Administration can help to ensure the protection of these special places for generations to come.”

“President Obama has shown that he understands the importance of our national treasures like Arches National Park,” said Ashley Korenblat of Western Spirit Cycling. “And as the former CEO of REI, Secretary Jewell has a unique perspective on the connections between businesses like ours, the great American tradition of outdoor exploration, and our shared public resources. We applaud them for taking a stand to ensure that these spaces continue to be healthy and accessible to all Americans in the future.”

You can read the full letter online here:outdoor-biz-letter-on-energy-reforms-9-26-16

For more information, or to speak with Ashley Korenblat, please contact Katie Andriulli at kandriulli@mrss.com or 917-438-4605.

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