b'According to the U.S. Census Bureau, outdoor recreation was the second mostimpacted industry this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, next to food and ac- The RV industry has seen increased demand throughout the COVID crisis and dealers are workingcommodations, said Lindsey Davis, ORR vice president. The hard to keep their lots filled with new units. industry experienced a double whammy impact due to both thepandemic-related closures that slowed entire supply chains, re-tail, manufacturing and services, and the closures of state andfederal parks, marinas, trails, docks and more on our publiclands.According to a review of previous responses and ORRs mostrecent survey responses of the 23 participating national outdoorrecreation trade associations representing over 25,000 businessesLindsey Davis with nearly 2.5 million employees, the numbers show how hardthe industry was initially impacted and how things have started to trend more pos-itively:COMBINED RESULTS(The below statistics represent a year-over-year change)Production/distribution of businesses represented in the survey: April:89%, are experiencing difficulty with production and distribution, with68% experiencing significant impacts. May: 100%, are experiencing difficulty with production and distribution, with79% experiencing significant impacts. August: 91% are experiencing difficulty with production and distribution, with48% experiencing significant impacts.Business revenue: April: 89% of outdoor industry businesses are experiencing a decrease in salesAugust: 47% of these businesses have laid off or furloughed a portion of theirwith 39% seeing a decrease of 50-75% or greater. workforce; 36% of businesses are reporting they are hiring, and more employees are May: 94% of outdoor industry businesses are experiencing a decrease in sales needed.with 24% seeing a decrease of 50-75% or greater. We hope that the trends we are seeing now in outdoor recreation continue and August: 65% of outdoor industry businesses are experiencing a decrease in sales that some of the issues our members and businesses still face arewith 17% seeing a decrease of 50-75% or greater. 22% of businesses are reporting an quickly addressed by policymakers, saidJessica Turner, ORR ex-increase compared to one year ago. ecutive director. It has become widely known that recreation isTrade Association Revenue: a huge economic driver and with more smart investments like April: 80% of outdoor industry trade associations are seeing a decrease in rev- the recently passed Great American Outdoors Act, such as a recre-enue with 30% seeing a decrease of 50-75% or greater. ation package, this industry will be a key player in economic re- May: 95% of outdoor industry trade associations are seeing a decrease in revenue covery and a solution to other issues facing the nation such aswith 26% seeing a decrease of 50-75% or greater. unemployment, rural development, equity in outdoor access and August: 70% of outdoor industry trade associations are seeing a decrease in rev- mental and physical health.enue with 13% seeing a decrease of 50-75% or greater. 9% of trade associations are Jessica Turner This is the third time ORR has surveyed its member trade as-reporting an increase compared to one year ago. sociations, which represent over 110,000 RVing, camping, boating, fishing, power-Business Employment: sports, horseback, hunting, skiing, hiking, biking businesses and more, about the April: 79% of these businesses have laid off or furloughed a portion of their work- impacts their member companies have experienced since the pandemic began.force, with 11% closing or laying off most of or all staff. ORR promotes the growth of the outdoor recreation economy and outdoor recre- May: 88% of these businesses have laid off or furloughed a portion of their work- ation activities and is the leading outdoor recreation coalition with 32 member as-force, with 8% closing or laying off most of or all staff. sociations serving over 110,000 businesses.WCMWOODALLSCM.com October 2020-31'