About Wyoming Outdoor Recreation:
Wyoming’s Outdoor Recreation Office will strive to enhance and expand the outdoor recreation industry and improve outdoor recreation infrastructure/access within the beautiful state of Wyoming.
How We Got Here:
Governor Matt Mead announced a new initiative to promote the outdoor recreational industry in Wyoming this year. The Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources will work with private and public stakeholders to develop recommendations to grow Wyoming’s strong outdoor recreation economy.
“Wyoming has world-class opportunities for hunting, fishing, photography and other outdoor recreation. Many of our fondest memories are with friends and family in the outdoors,” said Governor Mead. “The Task Force will build on the considerable work already done and offer ideas to improve outdoor recreation opportunities, marketing and business recruitment.”
Wyoming has seen its outdoor business sector grow in recent years. A 2012 Outdoor Industry Association report found that outdoor recreation in Wyoming generates approximately $4.5 billion annually in consumer spending, $1.4 billion in wages and salaries, $300 million in state and local tax revenue and creates 50,000 jobs. The Governor has championed Wyoming’s outdoor economy since taking office in 2011.
The Outdoor Recreation Task Force will meet 5 times between December 2016 and May 2017 to develop policy recommendations for Governor Matt Mead’s consideration. Recommendations may include principles to guide and identify the benefits of outdoor recreation, outline efforts to expand business opportunities and improve recreation infrastructure in the state's second largest industry.
Chris Floyd - Manager, Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation
Chris is the Manager of the Wyoming Office of Outdoor Recreation and has been with the division of State Parks, Historic Sites, & Trails since 2016. He previously served as Manager of the Shoshone District of State Parks and as Superintendent of Fort Bridger State Historic Site. Prior to that, he was a site manager with the Texas Historical Commission and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Georgia. Chris moved to Wyoming, in part, because of the state's many outdoor recreational opportunities, which he believes are key to the state's economic diversification. Traveling through Wyoming's beautiful wide open spaces,you might encounter him hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, biking, or cruising the deserts and mountains on his dual sport motorcycle.
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