The latest issue of the American Motorcyclist had this article inside:
“A landmark study by the U.S. Department of Commerce states that outdoor recreation contributed $373.7 billion to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in 2016, accounting for 2 percent of the nation’s GPD”
The study that came out in February concluded that outdoor recreation’s contribution to GNP is larger than mining and extraction of oil and gas.
“Motorized recreation – including motorcycles and ATVs – accounted for $59.4 billion of the output with recreational vehicles accounting for $30 billion of that total.
Boating and fishing came in second at $38.2 billion; hunting, shooting and trapping accounted for $15.4 billion. The equestrian industry accounted for about $12 billion. And backpacking, climbing and other activities made up $10 billion.”
So that is it in a nutshell. Our sport has a positive input on the economy. We are ahead of all the other outdoor activities, including horseback riding and backpacking which was dead last. Tell that to the politicians who want to put in more hiking and horseback riding trails and take away our OHV trails. Think of the Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Parks District…