A host of industry executives were among more than 100 outdoor recreation representatives who signed an open letter published in The Wall Street Journal that praised the agenda being set by Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency.
These leading executives represent many segments of the $887 billion outdoor recreation industry including the shooting, hunting, archery, camping, fishing, marine, motorcycle, powersports, hospitality and recreation vehicle sectors.
Among those who signed the letter were:
Tim Buche, president and CEO, Motorcycle Industry Council
Frank Esposito, president and CEO, Scorpion Sports, Inc.
Fred Fox, CEO, Parts Unlimited/LeMans Corp.
Matt Gruhn, president, Marine Retailers Association
Andre Lacy, chairman, LDI, Ltd. MAG: Biker’s Choice-Tucker Rocky
Craig Shoemaker, owner/CEO, WPS
In the letter, the industry expresses enthusiasm about Secretary Zinke, a strong supporter of outdoor recreation. Since his confirmation, Secretary Zinke has been working closely with the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) to increase access to recreational opportunities and enjoyment on all federal lands and waters.
In addition to increasing access, ORIR is working with the Administration to establish public-private partnerships as an entrepreneurial mechanism for addressing part of the $20 billion in deferred maintenance and to achieve a better balance in decisions involving recreation and conservation.