A variety of economic studies have been prepared that document the importance of outdoor recreation to the local and state economies, and demonstrate the importance of responsible land use access to enthusiasts across the country. One of the more important and comprehensive studies prepared by the Western Governors' Association (WGA) and a coalition of outdoor industry groups and issued in 2012. The outdoor recreation study projected a $646 billion benefit to the national industry.
WGA/Industry Study (6/12): Summary: Outdoor Recreation Study - Summary
WGA/Industry Study (8/12): Comprehensive: Outdoor Recreation Study - Technical Report