OIA, BlueRibbon Coalition, Public Land Solutions and more voice support for balancing recreation and energy development
RELEASE (11/16/15): Outdoor Industry Association, BlueRibbon Coalition, Public Land Solutions and more than 75 Utah business voice support for balancing recreation and energy development
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Today, the Outdoor Industry Association, BlueRibbon Coalition, Public Land Solutions, and over 75 Utah-based business sent letters to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in support of a balanced approach to managing public lands as part of the Moab Master Leasing Plan.
The letters addressed to BLM serve as formal comments from the business and outdoor recreation community and represent a landmark effort between motorized and non-motorized recreation groups working together for the protection of outdoor recreation resources on public lands.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, consumers spend more than $12 billion a year on outdoor recreational activities in the Utah. This spending produces more than 120,000 jobs and provides more than $3.5 billion in annual wages.
“The work that BLM is forging on the draft Moab plan can be a model for how different interests can work together to find win-win solutions and provide certainty to both outdoor recreation businesses and oil and gas companies,” said Jessica Wahl, recreation policy advisor for of the Outdoor Industry Association.
The BLM will wrap-up the comment period for the draft Moab Master Leasing Plan on November 23rd. The land use plan will seek to balance the protection of outdoor recreation resources with oil and gas drilling as well as potash mining on nearly one million acres in Utah’s Grand and San Juan counties.
“We’re hopeful that the BLM will adopt a smart plan that protects recreation opportunities in Eastern Utah that can be enjoyed by Utahns and people around the world for years to come,” said Don Amador of the BlueRibbon Coalition. “We appreciate the BLM’s hard work to bring all stakeholders to the table and find a balanced approach in the Moab Master Leasing Plan.”
Ashley Korenblat of Public Land Solutions noted that outdoor recreation is also hugely important to Moab’s local economy. In fact, about 47 percent of all jobs in Grand County are from travel and tourism, and generate upwards of $761 million locally over the next 15 years.
“The Moab plan is an opportunity to provide certainty for outdoor recreation business owners who depend on public lands and rivers for their livelihood,” said Korenblat. “The good news is that we can have our cake and eat it too by ensuring energy development and potash mining occur responsibly and in the right places.”
Public Land Solutions: Public Land Solutions is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive recreation planning and stakeholder coordination to support effective and sustainable public land solutions.
Outdoor Industry Association: Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association and voice serving more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the active outdoor lifestyle. OIA supports the growth and success of the outdoor industry through its focus on government affairs, sustainability, outdoor consumer insights, industry trends and youth participation.
Blue Ribbon Coalition: The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well — all sports; all trails. With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists.