Governor Steve Bullock today announced growth to Montana’s outdoor recreation economy and touted Montana’s public lands, outdoor economy, and high quality of life during the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Trade Show.
“Our public lands are our birthright, our heritage, our great equalizer and so much more. Protecting our public lands is not only an investment in our economy but in our way of life," said Governor Steve Bullock. "Outdoor recreationists know this is an investment that will pay off for generations to come, and together, we will always remain committed to keeping public lands in public hands for our kids and grandkids.”
According to the OIA report released today, outdoor recreation in Montana generates $7.1 billion in consumer spending annually and supports 71,000 direct jobs. This results in $2.2 billion in wages and salaries, and contributes $286 million in state and local tax revenue. These numbers are up from previous studies released by OIA.
OIA’s report also highlights that 81 percent of Montana’s 1.04 million residents participate in outdoor recreation each year. Additionally, the report shows that 7,800 jobs in Montana are sustained by hunting and fishing in comparison to 7,000 jobs that depend on mining and logging.
Speaking to approximately 1,000 outdoor manufacturers and retailers, including from Montana, Governor Bullock touted the importance of public lands to the overall economy and to the quality of life of Montanans and Americans:
“Communities across Montana recognize that outdoor recreation supports, contributes to a high quality of life, and – perhaps more importantly – attracts and sustains employers and families. From the smallest rural towns to the most densely packed cities, outdoor recreation powers a vast economic engine that creates billions in spending and millions of good-paying American jobs. Outdoor recreation is the economy of the future and we are fortunate to live in a nation of iconic beauty, inspiring landscapes and bountiful waters,” Bullock continued.