I keep waiting for both the recreation community itself and the states in which we thrive to realize that recreation is big money now! It's like there's a delay in transmission from reality to politics and even public discourse about the fact that our state makes 2 billion in tax revenue from outdoor rec., and the industry related jobs available are four times that of oil and gas. I'm not trying to start a pissing contest, or rag on extraction industries at all here, but it is weird to me that awareness is so lagging.
Issues like this come up, and our representatives should be scrambling to resolve it on the side of outdoor rec, but state leaders still get all bunched up about it and hustle out of the room awkwardly like the time when grandma talks about her Burning Man days.
Some interesting stats from last year on the state of the industry at the national and state levels.