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The federal government has recognized outdoor recreation as an official industry.

February 23, 2018View for printing

In early February, the Commerce Department announced that outdoor rec contributed more than $373 billion toward the gross domestic product in 2016, about 2 percent of the total. It's the first time that the GDP report included separate figures on the industry's value. "This further validates our broad and growing economic impact," said Amy Roberts, executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association.

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