U. S. Senator Kelly Ayotte participated in recently held roundtable talks with stakeholders from the outdoor, forestry & conservation community of New Hampshire to discuss the economic benefit of preserving the state’s natural resources and safeguarding outdoor recreational lands.
During the event, hosted by Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, Ayotte strongly supported the Land & Water Conservation Fund as well as the Forest Legacy Program.
The two above-mentioned federal programs have helped in protecting and conserving lands from Coos County to the Seacoast in the state through public-private efforts.
She provided an update on her efforts to preserve the state’s open spaces and discussed bipartisan legislation, the U. S. OUTDOOR Act, which aims to decrease or remove outdated tariffs on recreational outerwear and boost the outdoor economy.
Speaking to reporters after the roundtable discussions, Ayotte said, “I appreciated hearing . about ways to advance efforts to preserve New Hampshire’s natural beauty for the benefit of future generations, and to create an environment where our outdoor recreation industry can continue grow and thrive.”
The meeting included representatives of the Crotched Mountain Foundation, Plum Creek Timber Company, Dartmouth College, NEMO Equipment and the Division of Forests and Lands Trust for Public Land, the New Hampshire Forest Society, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Audubon Society of New Hampshire.
As per data compiled by the Outdoor Industry Foundation, outdoor recreation directly or indirectly supports more than 53,000 jobs across New Hampshire.