Our way of life is not an accident.

Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and family excursions. Our reasons for living where we do didn’t just happen on their own.

Earlier generations worked hard to protect the outdoor heritage we enjoy today.

They built the trails, the campgrounds, and the boat ramps. They created public access to our lakes and rivers and public lands. They opened state parks and protected habitat and winter range for our wildlife.


Outdoor Recreation Industry


Outdoor Jobs

Today, this public lands system and outdoor infrastructure protects our clean water and wildlife, provides unmatched recreational opportunities, and supports our $7 billion outdoor recreation industry and 71,000 outdoor jobs.