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Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Task Force
 

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Governor Matt Mead announced a new initiative to promote the outdoor recreational industry in Wyoming this year. The Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources will work with private and public stakeholders to develop recommendations to grow Wyoming’s strong outdoor recreation economy.

“Wyoming has world-class opportunities for hunting, fishing, photography and other outdoor recreation. Many of our fondest memories are with friends and family in the outdoors,” said Governor Mead. “The Task Force will build on the considerable work already done and offer ideas to improve outdoor recreation opportunities, marketing and business recruitment.”

Wyoming has seen its outdoor business sector grow in recent years. A 2012 Outdoor Industry Association report found that outdoor recreation in Wyoming generates approximately $4.5 billion annually in consumer spending, $1.4 billion in wages and salaries, $300 million in state and local tax revenue and creates 50,000 jobs. The Governor has championed Wyoming’s outdoor economy since taking office in 2011.

The Outdoor Recreation Task Force will meet 5 times between December 2016 and May 2017 to develop policy recommendations for Governor Matt Mead’s consideration. Recommendations may include principles to guide and identify the benefits of outdoor recreation, outline efforts to expand business opportunities and improve recreation infrastructure in the state's second largest industry.

Meeting Materials

The Outdoor Recreation Task Force will develop policy recommendations for Governor Mead’s consideration. Recommendations may include principles to guide and identify the benefits of outdoor recreation, outline efforts to expand business opportunities and improve recreation infrastructure in the state's second largest industry.

You will find meeting locations, agendas, notes and information about listening sessions here. Information is updated on a regular basis so please check back often.


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Next Steps:

The Planning Team is summarizing the recommendations proposed by the Task Force. A final report will be drafted sometime during the summer of 2017.

 

 

Members

 

Name

Location

Represents

Wes Allen

Cody

Outdoor Recreation Business

Regina Woodhouse

Cheyenne

Outdoor Recreation Business

Cade Maestas

Lander

Firearm Business

Erik Aune

Casper

Fishing/Hunting Guides

Lee Livingston

Powell/Cody

Fishing/Hunting Guides

Mark Jenkins

Wyoming

University of Wyoming and Climbing Community

Gary Wilmot

Lander

Conservation Groups

Janet Marschner

Cheyenne

Conservation Groups & Other Sports

Mark Weitz

Sheridan

Recreation Sports

Melanie Arnett

Laramie

Non-motorized Recreation

Bert Miller

Cody/Laramie

Motorized Recreation

Domenic Bravo

Cheyenne

State Parks

Jessica Crowder

Cheyenne

Governor’s Office

Ben Bump

Cheyenne

State Lands and Investments

Renny Mackay

Cheyenne

Game & Fish

Cameron Ross

Cheyenne

Tourism

Shawn Reese

Cheyenne

Business Council

Tricia O’Conner

Jackson

U.S. Forest Service

Jared Oakleaf

Lander

Bureau of Land Management

Clair Smith

Lander

National Outdoor Leadership School

Rick Manchester

Cody

Wyoming Recreation & Parks Association

Mark Lyon

Rock Springs

Municipal

Melissa Turley

Jackson

Resort Interests

Joe Milczewski

Cheyenne

Oil & Gas Industry

Ogden Driskill

Devil’s Tower

Legislator/Liason

Chris Wichmann

Cheyenne

Agriculture

 

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