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ID recreation economy in focus during Great Outdoors Month

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Monday, June 17, 2024   

June is Great Outdoors Month, which underscores the importance of outdoor recreation in Idaho.

As temperatures warm up, people are enjoying nature. Five years ago, Congress designated June Great Outdoors Month to highlight the trove of outside opportunities across the nation. With a half dozen national parks and monuments and also state parks, Idaho has a plethora of places for people to get outside.

Whitney Potter Schwartz, senior vice president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, said businesses help support such opportunities.

"Many outdoor recreation businesses are small businesses that are really the cornerstones of communities across the country," Potter Schwartz pointed out. "Rural communities especially."

Outdoor recreation generates $3.4 billion in Idaho, according to the roundtable, and supports 36,000 jobs. Nationally, outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2% of the country's GDP.

Potter Schwartz emphasized getting outdoors is proven to be good for people's health and her organization wants to ensure everyone has access.

"There's so many benefits," Potter Schwartz asserted. "Whether that's health benefits, economic benefits, to being outside that we really, truly believe everyone should have that opportunity, regardless of your background or ability, to really experience it and enjoy nature."

The month recognizing the outdoors started as Great Outdoors Week under President Bill Clinton in 1998.


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