As an avid outdoorsman, I understand how important outdoor recreation opportunities are to our Commonwealth’s economy and success. Our outdoorsmen and women play an important role not only in our economy, but also in the stewardship of our natural resources, public lands, waters, and wildlife.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently released a report showing that Virginia’s outdoor recreation economy grew 21% from 2020-2021, generating $9.4 billion in value added and 106,993 jobs for the Commonwealth. The abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities in Virginia like boating, fishing, hunting, equestrian, and others, played a significant contribution to this growth. Additionally, Virginia is one of 17 states with a Virginia Office of Outdoor Recreation which has done great work in preparing the state for new businesses and jobs, supporting rural communities, and improving public health through outdoor activities.
I’m thrilled to see this level of economic growth of Virginia’s outdoor recreation. I’m looking forward to continuing my work in Washington to ensure that our outdoorsmen and women have the opportunities and resources they need to continue enjoying their time in our great outdoors for generations to come.
To read the full Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account report for Virginia, click here.