How State Offices are Organized and Structured

There are currently nine states with active Outdoor Recreation Industry Offices. Each office works to highlight and expand the strength of their respective outdoor recreation economies, matching the interests of recreational user groups with cross-silo collaboration to advance the four principles outlined in the Confluence Accords.

As Rachel VandeVoort, Montana’s Director of Outdoor Recreation, noted, each office was created “in the same spirit but in very diverse states.” Accordingly, the offices are structured differently from state to state, with positions housed in different offices such as State Parks, Economic Development, and Commerce. 

StateOfficeHoused UnderDirector
ColoradoOutdoor Recreation Industry OfficeColorado Office of Economic DevelopmentLuis Benitez
MaineOffice of Outdoor RecreationDepartment of Economic and Community DevelopmentCarolann Ouellette
MontanaOffice of Outdoor RecreationOffice of the GovernorRachel VandeVoort
North CarolinaNC Office of Outdoor Recreation IndustryEconomic Development Partnership of North CarolinaDavid Knight
OregonOffice of Outdoor RecreationOregon Parks and Recreation DepartmentCailin O’Brien-Feeney
UtahOffice of Outdoor RecreationOffice of Economic DevelopmentTom Adams
VermontVermont Outdoor Recreation Economic CollaborativeDepartment of Forests, Parks and RecreationMichael Snyder
WashingtonOutdoor Recreation and Economic DevelopmentWashington State Governor’s OfficeJon Snyder
WyomingWyoming State Parks and Outdoor Recreation OfficeAdvisory to Department of State Parks and Cultural ResourcesDomenic Bravo

State offices currently under development include: Maryland, Michigan, Rhode Island, Alaska, New Mexico, West Virginia, and California.

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