Arkansas-based Organizations Join Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

Arkansas-based Organizations Join Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

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Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) announced the addition of seven new members, expanding its coalition across a wide spectrum of the outdoor recreation economy. The new members include the University of Arkansas Outdoor Products and Services Program, the Pennsylvania Office of Outdoor Recreation, the Massachusetts Office of Outdoor Recreation, the Wisconsin Office of Outdoor Recreation, Eddyline Kayaks, the Trust for Public Land (TPL), and Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC). These organizations represent a broad range of interests and sectors within the outdoor community, from governmental initiatives to private enterprises and nonprofits, all dedicated to fostering the benefits of outdoor recreation.

“This dynamic group of new members reinforces ORR’s mission to unite the outdoor recreation industry and advocate for the economic, social, and quality of life benefits of outdoor activities of all types. The addition of these new ORR members underscores the expanse and economic strength of the outdoor recreation sector,” said Jessica Wahl Turner, President of ORR. “Amid national economic fluctuations, the outdoor recreation industry has demonstrated remarkable resilience and growth. ORR members are building stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities across the nation and inspiring a new, diverse generation of students to build their careers in outdoor recreation.”

“Our new members embody the spirit of diversity and innovation that is vital to the continued growth of the outdoor recreation economy,” said Chris Perkins, Vice President of Programs at ORR. “From enhancing educational programs and state-level initiatives to pioneering new products and conserving land for public use, these organizations play a crucial role in making outdoor recreation accessible and enjoyable for all. Their contributions are invaluable as we work together to ensure the outdoor industry remains a cornerstone of economic strength and community well-being.”

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“We are thrilled to be joining ORR as a company member,” said Scott Holley, President of Eddyline Kayaks. “As one of the country’s leading kayak brands, we feel that it is important for us to lend our voice to supporting equitable access to clean and healthy waterways. ORR is uniquely positioned to amplify our voice and collect our efforts with industry peers.  We are excited to be involved.” Eddyline Kayaks moved their headquarters from Washington State to Siloam Springs in 2023.

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“The University of Arkansas is excited to join ORR as an academic member in support of our new curricular and noncurricular programs,” said Jon Johnson, Professor of Sustainability, Department of Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Venture Innovation, University of Arkansas.“We are looking forward to learning from ORR’s leadership and members and contributing to its mission.”

For more information on the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, visit their website.

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