HCR 25: Requesting the Governor to establish an office of outdoor access and recreation.

00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 25 01 Requesting the Governor to establish an office of outdoor access and recreation. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS the state's outdoor industry generates $7,300,000,000 in consumer 04 spending and supports 72,000 jobs that drive economic growth throughout all regions of the 05 state; and 06 WHEREAS the state's entrepreneurs, including equipment and apparel manufacturers, 07 guides, lodge owners, retailers, pilots, and cruise ship tour operators, rely on a vibrant outdoor 08 recreation economy; and 09 WHEREAS world-class recreation opportunities on the state's land and water attract 10 millions of visitors each year and could attract many more; and 11 WHEREAS world-class recreation opportunities improve the quality of life in the 12 state and the state's ability to attract talent, companies, and industry; and 13 WHEREAS outdoor recreation promotes activities that benefit health and community 14 well-being beyond the revenue that the outdoor industry generates; and 15 WHEREAS governors and legislatures in the western states, including Colorado, 16 Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington, have established offices of outdoor recreation or

01 similar executive-level leadership entities in recognition of the importance of the outdoor 02 industry to economic growth; and 03 WHEREAS Alaska does not currently have a state office to coordinate and advocate 04 for the vast network of businesses, agencies, and organizations that drive the state's outdoor 05 industry; 06 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature respectfully requests the 07 Governor to establish and support an office of outdoor access and recreation devoted to 08 accelerating the growth and diversification of the state's economy; and be it 09 FURTHER RESOLVED that, if the Governor establishes an office of outdoor access 10 and recreation, the Alaska State Legislature supports the formation of an advisory council to 11 that office.