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The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) joined forces with more than 10 other outdoor recreation groups, representing nearly 90% of the outdoor economy, to work with the Trump administration’s transition team on policies that will help those industries thrive.

Soundings Trade Only reported that the outdoor recreation industry contributes about $646 billion a year to the nation’s gross domestic product, about 4 percent of the U.S. economy, according to a 2012 Outdoor Industry Association report.

The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable sent a letter Nov. 16 to the Trump administration transition team outlining four strategic efforts it will pursue on the industry’s behalf.

“From 2005 to 2011, the outdoor recreation economy grew approximately 5 percent annually, despite the Great Recession,” the letter stated. “The very real potential for significantly growing the outdoor recreation economy will directly benefit the millions of Americans whose jobs are sustained by this industry and the U.S. businesses that manufacture American-made products for recreational use. A 2012 outdoor recreation study showed 6.1 million direct jobs in the outdoor recreation industry.”

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