Outdoor recreation is becoming a bigger issue in the U.S. as people become more concerned over the environment, fitness, pollution, and lifestyle. Outdoor recreation studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce found that it grew 3.8% when compared to 2.8% of the economy. It contributed $373.7 billion dollars which was much higher than many large industries such as warehousing.
Why is this happening?
Younger people have a belief in the value of lifestyle and recreation. They enjoy the outdoors and have concerns over pollution. They flock to these areas to get out of the urban environment and balance their lifestyles.
The trend will likely continue as people move to cities and people seek to return to a natural way of life. In this way, they use outdoor recreation much like watching a movie or going to the gym. It is something they take in snippets and then go back to their lives.