On Feb. 7, President Bush will release his FY 2006 federal budget request. The president has said this budget will make substantial cuts to most domestic spending, likely including programs the outdoor industry relies on to ensure quality recreation experiences.
"Rumors are that stateside the Stateside Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) could be zeroed out in the FY 2006 budget," Myrna Johnson, vice president of government affairs for OIA, told SNEWSÂ®. "We must speak up!"
In response to the threat of budget cuts and possible elimination of funding for LWCF, OIA has drafted a nonpartisan letter -- click here to read or type in http://capwiz.com/outdoorindustry/home/ -- urging the president to fully fund the LWCF at $450 million and the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery (UPARR) program at $100 million. These are two critical programs that offer funding at the state and local level and help promote active living through outdoor recreation.
The OIA is asking the leaders of the outdoor industry -- CEOs, retail owners, small business owners, owners of rep agencies, etc. -- to sign on to this letter and demonstrate our industry's unity around the funding issue. This letter will be delivered to President Bush on Jan. 24.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 23 announcing your intention to lend your signature to the letter and help ensure vital program funding resources that benefit our industry are preserved.