Federal Recreation Council and Bureau of Economic Analysis Seek Feedback on Development of Statistics for Economic Activity in Outdoor Recreation Segment

The Federal Recreation Council (FRC) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) seek input from members of the public on how to define the outdoor recreation industry. The FRC is comprised of seven federal agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This effort is the first step in a two-part process to provide detailed data on economic activity associated with the outdoor recreation sector of the U.S. economy. In this step, the FRC and BEA seek input on how to develop definitions ranging in scope from narrow to broad.

FRC and BEA are specifically seeking feedback regarding the following:

  • Which recreation-related activities should be considered in the scope;
  • Types of statistics that users would like to see presented in addition to output, value added, employment and compensation;
  • Datasets that could supplement BEA’s core statistics in estimating shares for partially in-scope goods and services;
  • Information on datasets that could be used for regionalization of the account.

Link to Request for Information: https://blog.bea.gov/2017/05/26/more-time-to-weigh-in-on-new-project-measuring-outdoor-recreations-economic-impact/

Comments may be submitted here(link sends e-mail) and are due by June 30, 2017.

Advocacy contact: Prianka Sharma(link sends e-mail), (202) 205-6938.

Date:  Monday, June 19, 2017