Montana Senator Jon Tester returned to Washington this week and some say his successful reelection was boosted by his strong support for conservation and the sportsmen’s community, along with his ability to find solutions and reach across the aisle.
A recent video from CBS news reports that the time kids spend outdoors has dropped 16 percent in just the past five years. And the average American child now spends an astonishing 53 hours a week using technology, according to report.
Does a shift in multiple use toward preservation and recreation mean lower economic potential for rural communities? Not at all, say several recent economic reports. In fact, preserving the natural values of wildlands and sustainable recreation brings big benefits to local economies.
Every time you escape into wilderness, you will likely spend money on outdoor goods and services. If you're not dropping bucks on things like gear and equipment, there's a good chance you're spending money at local businesses, outfitters or lodging near outdoor recreation areas.
Trails serve the recreation needs of about 50 million1 hikers, cross-country skiers, horseback riders, off-road vehicles, bicyclists, and other recreationists on National Forests every year. Currently only 21% of Forest Service trails are maintained to standard.