The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Board of Directors recently approved the industrys policy agenda for 2008. The policy agenda guides OIAs government affairs work for the year in the legislative and policy development process.
OIAs policy work in 2008 will focus on two main areas: Recreation and Trade policy.
OIA will expand its work in 2008 to include working with the Forest Service and BLM as they complete plans that will govern the management of individual forests and desert landscapes for many years to come. OIAs focus will be to ensure that government policies on multi-use public lands preserve the availability and quality of human-powered recreation opportunities.
Finally, OIA will seek out opportunities to support legislation that has the outcome of reconnecting children with nature and encourages youth participation in active outdoor recreation.
“Active outdoor recreation contributes $730 billion annually to the U.S. economy,” said Amy Roberts, director of government affairs for OIA. “The vast majority of this powerful economic activity takes place on public lands managed by the federal government making the continuous voice of recreation at the national level essential.”
OIA member companies and staff will work with Congress to establish a delineation of specialized, innovative performance apparel and other outdoor products from mass consumer goods. This will include supporting legislation that will relieve the industry of the burden of high tariffs that are currently disproportionately applied to outdoor footwear, apparel and equipment. OIA will also work to protect the outdoor industry from duties, quotas, and other restrictive trade barriers on the import of specialty outdoor products.
“The outdoor industry produces some of the most innovative products in the world. Our merchandise reaches all corners of the globe and enriches peoples lives by supporting healthy and active lifestyles through outdoor recreation,” commented Frank Hugelmeyer, president of OIA. “In a rapidly evolving global economy, open, equitable and predictable trade is essential for our industrys continued innovation, and growth. Predictable trade policy results lower costs to consumers and ensures continued product innovations.”
A full copy of OIAs 2008 Policy Agenda can be found at: www.outdoorindustry.org.