This is a slightly older report but one worthy of sharing again as it was a considerable undertaking. This report needs to be shared with the public in hope everyone will better understand the economic value of outdoor OHV recreation.
The America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) Report called for the establishment of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR). The purpose of the FICOR is to support and enhance outdoor recreation access and opportunities on Federal public lands, waters, and shores. The goal of the FICOR is to promote better coordination and collaboration among Federal agencies whose missions or programs include providing outdoor recreation amenities/opportunities and conserving or managing natural and cultural resources used or visited for outdoor recreation.
The FICOR are the agency directors of the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (National Ocean Service). The FICOR working group is comprised of representatives identified by respective FICOR agency directors. The working group provides support for operation of the FICOR and ensures collaborative implementation of agency actions.
The Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR) is helping to capture the
breadth of economic contributions from outdoor recreation on Federal lands and
waterways. This paper synthesizes historic information from a variety of sources.
FICOR has a report detailing the effect outdoor recreation has on gateway communities. The paper is a snapshot of the contribution outdoor recreation had on jobs and the economy in 2012 using data from the seven FICOR agencies.
According to the report, Outdoor recreationists made more than 938 million visits to Federal lands and waterways, spending $51 billion and supporting 880,000 jobs in 2012.
The report can be viewed here: