Call it what you will: an economic downturn, a recession, the second great depression — these are relatively rough times. But as it turns out, in the midst of the economic madness, outdoor recreation is actually booming by creating the likes of $6.1 million in direct American jobs and $646 billion in consumer spending each year. Add to those numbers that a recent OIA Outdoor Recreation Economy shows that outdoor recreation has created $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue and $39.7 billion in state and local tax revenue and you have solid (and seriously impressive) proof that the outdoor industry is darn good for our faltering economy.
It’s always a fantastic feeling to donate a little sweat equity to give back to the places we play in and the 2011 Backyard Collective was no exception. Backyard Collective’s were started back in 2008 as a program of The Conservation Alliance. In essence, they bring Conservation Alliance member companies together with grantees for a day of service work. Put a bunch of outdoor industry people together with environmental not-for-profit folks and that adds up to a LOT of work done in one short day. This is an energetic and motivated demographic that’s not afraid to get dirty!