On February 14, The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released a study from the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account (ORSA). The preliminary statistics gathered in this study show that the “outdoor recreation economy grew 3.8 percent in 2016, compared to growth of 2.8 percent in the overall economy.”

The prototype statistics measured the impact of outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, etc. Outdoor activities were broken down into three categories: conventional core activities (including hiking, boating and hunting); other core activities (outdoor festivals and agritourism); and supporting activities (including construction and travel).

In the conventional core activity category, motorized vehicles accounted for the lion’s share of the gross output at $59.4 billion. Hunting, shooting and trapping accounted for $15.4 billion with hunting accounting for over 60% of the total.

The BEA is inviting public comments and feedback on the preliminary statistics. You can email comments to OutdoorRecreation@bea.gov