The Honorable Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Outdoor recreation is a crucial part of the American economy. Annually, it generates $778 billion in
output, comprises 2.2 percent of the United States GDP and supports 5.2 million jobs – many of which
are in rural communities. The outdoor industry has also been growing faster than the economy as a
whole in every indicator, and at a time when there has been unprecedented economic growth.

While the overall industry is a major force, it is mostly made up of small businesses that are vital to the
health and economic well-being of their communities, many in rural areas. Many of these businesses
closed their doors early to be good members of their communities. However, they are now suffering and
in danger of failing because of the COVID-19 outbreak and the ensuing efforts to mitigate the virus’
spread, including social distancing, travel restrictions, caps on group size and more.

To help alleviate these concerns, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable – the nation’s leading coalition of
outdoor recreation trade associations, made up of 32 national trade associations serving more than
100,000 businesses – writes regarding a potential federal aid package to support small businesses
around the country and protect their employees. Outdoor recreation businesses are often lifelines for
their communities, providing jobs and economic stability. However, they rely on trips and travel bringing
a steady stream of visitors to our public lands and waters, accessibility to recreation assets, adequate
recreation infrastructure, and the certainty of manufacturing and trade, all of which have been
interrupted by COVID-19.

The mental and physical health benefits of outdoor recreation are well known. Studies have shown that
healthy, active outdoor recreation helps combat obesity, depression, diabetes and more. As people
grapple with the effects of social distancing, outdoor recreation can be an essential outlet. Hiking,
biking, paddling, boating, fishing, camping, SCUBA diving, ATVing, horseback riding and more can all be
engaged in while adhering to CDC guidelines for social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-

You have already taken decisive action to support these businesses, communities and activities by
committing to improving vital federal land and water management agency infrastructure through the
Great American Outdoors Act (S.3422), and we ask that you take additional steps to ensure this vital
sector of the economy can continue to drive economic growth when the dust settles:

    • Include the Outdoor Recreation Industry in any stimulus packages. Outdoor recreation is a
      strong, vital and growing part of the American economy, but it relies on thousands of small
      business, and access to public lands and waters. These businesses are being disproportionally
      affected by COVID-19, as trips are cancelled, revenue dries up and they are forced to close their
      doors and lay off staff. As crucial and definitive parts of their local economies, they should be
      included in economic stimulus packages devised by your administration.
    • Keep outdoor areas open and accessible if it can be done safely and within CDC guidelines.
      Outdoor recreation businesses – and the communities they support – rely on access to public
      lands and waters to survive. As long as these areas can be kept open and in compliance with
      CDC guidelines, federal agencies should avoid their closure. Private partners can be of great
      assistance in this matter and where appropriate, federal agencies should work with – and solicit
      help and support from – their partners before making closure decisions.
    • Deem outdoor recreation businesses as “essential.” Outdoor recreation businesses provide
      essential services to their communities and the nation as a whole. These businesses are often
      the economic drivers of their communities and provide opportunities for Americans to enjoy
      healthy activities that connect them with their natural heritage and cultural resources. In
      addition to the broad benefits, outdoor businesses provide more specific essential services. For
      example, many private campgrounds provide LP gas used for home heating and RVs are relied
      upon for temporary living quarters and mobile clinics, portable office and lab trailers, temporary
      quarantine units and bathroom and shower trailers. At a time when doctors are telling people to
      get outside for Vitamin D, stress relief, exercise and mental health, we need to ensure our
      businesses are there to support American’s health and quality of life.
    • Suspend tariffs immediately. Suspending tariffs placed on imports essential to our industry
      under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act and Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 would
      inject billions of dollars into the economy more quickly than other measures and provide
      immediate relief to small business owners across the country in these uncertain times. This
      could be done without further authorization from Congress. We also encourage the removal of
      global retaliatory efforts to spur economic growth.
    • Support Trade Associations. The nonprofit trade associations that support and advocate for
      these businesses and the outdoor recreation economy at large face significant challenges. The
      cancellation of conferences, trade shows and other events crucial to the financial health of these
      organizations severely decreases their ability to support the buying and selling of product and to
      advocate for their members. These gatherings depend on in-person attendance at convention
      centers, hotels and other facilities, but are impossible given social distancing guidelines. We
      urge you to provide financial assistance for associations, nonprofits and other tax-exempt
      organizations whose survival is placed in jeopardy by COVID-19.

We appreciate your attention to, and consideration of these important issues. We look forward to
working with you to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the nation’s citizens, small businesses and


America Outdoors
American Horse Council
American Mountain Guides Association
American Sportfishing Association
Archery Trade Association
Association of Marina Industries
Boat Owners Association of the United States
CHM Government Services
The Corps Network
Diving Equipment and Marketing Association
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas
Motorcycle Industry Council
National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds
National Forest Recreation Association
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Park Hospitality Association
Outdoor Industry Association
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
RV Dealers Association
RV Industry Association
Snowsports Industries America
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Specialty Vehicle Institute of America
Sports & Fitness Industry Association