The National Governors’ Association’s Outdoor Recreation Learning Network helps states and their outdoor recreation staff leverage their unique natural, cultural, and historical resources to improve access to outdoor recreation and help promote the economic, social, and environmental benefits that such recreation provides, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA).
Through peer-to-peer exchanges, research and dialogue, the network helps states advance outdoor recreation and explore issues related to conservation, economic development, infrastructure, stewardship, education, workforce training, equity, inclusion, public health and wellness. Following a meeting with the RV Indiana Council, Indiana Director of Natural Resources Dan Bortner announced that Indiana is the newest member of the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network.
“RV Indiana Council is excited that Governor Eric Holcomb and the Natural Resources Department have elected to include Indiana in the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network,” said Ron Breymier, RV Indiana Council Executive Director. “While the Hoosier state is well known for producing RVs and boats, we have a much larger footprint in outdoor recreation nationally. Indiana also produces outdoor equipment, apparel, and services for Hoosiers and Americans to enjoy our state and national parks, waterways, byways, and outdoor spaces. It involves boating, skiing, hunting, fishing, swimming, biking, camping and horseback riding among other activities. With Indiana now being part of the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network, we believe it will be an economic engine for the state.”
Like Offices of Outdoor Recreation, states who elect to participate in the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network have shown a dedication and prioritization of outdoor recreation opportunities and the economic benefits that come to states with a strong outdoor recreation economy. The RV Industry Association state affairs team works with our partners in the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable to encourage states across the country to establish Offices of Outdoor Recreation and join the Outdoor Recreation Learning Network.