To define outdoor recreation, BEA has worked closely with the Federal Recreation Council (made up of agencies that are prominent stewards of public lands and waters), gathered input from experts in the field of outdoor economics, and listened to public comments. In early 2018, BEA will publish two sets of prototype statistics on outdoor recreation, one using a broad and the other a narrow definition. These working definitions are:;

  • Broad: All recreational activities undertaken for pleasure that occur outdoors (such as visiting the beach).
  • Narrow: Recreational activities undertaken for pleasure that generally involve some level of intentional physical exertion and occur in nature-based environments outdoors (such as camping).

After the experimental ORSA statistics are published, there will be opportunities for interested parties to provide additional feedback on these working definitions. The Bureau will incorporate this feedback into its final decision making.