RENO, NV Today US Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Chair of the Tourism, Trade and Export Promotion Subcommittee, visited the Rosewood Lakes Nature Study Area, a golf course that has become a wetland and nature study area thanks to the Truckee Meadows Park Foundation. Senator Rosen toured the area to learn about the revitalization and rehabilitation process of the local ecosystem and wetland habitat.
“Outdoor recreation is an important contributor to Nevada‘s Economy. Outdoor recreation in Nevada generates over $ 5.5 billion in economic output annually and is responsible for nearly 60,000 Nevada jobs, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, “said Senator Rosen. “In the past year, participation and demand in the outdoor leisure space has increased significantly, creating both opportunities and challenges for the industry. I was thrilled to speak to the Truckee Meadows Park Foundation about the incredible work they are doing to preserve and nurture Nevada’s nature so that visitors can enjoy it for years to come. I was also grateful to hear how I can continue to support outdoor recreation Industry in Nevada as it recovers from COVID-19 pandemic. “
BACKGROUND: Most recently here was the Rosewood Lakes Golf Course, which closed in June 2015 when the Veterans Parkway crossed the golf course. Rosewood Lakes was owned by the City of Reno and it was decided not to rebuild the golf course but to use the land for the nature study area. The management of the old golf course was taken over by the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) in 2019. The 219-acre Rosewood Nature Study Area provides a wetland area for the community to learn about waterfowl and other creatures. The mixture of paved and natural paths offers relaxation and beauty. Through partnership and an advisory board, TMPF has restored the area to a functioning wetland system while providing educational and recreational opportunities for the community. This spring, TMPF signed a 30-year lease with the city to continue the management of the open space and the revitalization of the wetland habitat. After completing the first phase, the park was officially reopened to the public on June 12, 2021.
In addition to the Rosewood Lakes project, TMPF manages a number of other projects to support the area’s parks and runs a robust outdoor camp program for youth in the community.
Senator Rosen is a co-sponsor of the Transit to Trails Act of 2021, which would create a grant program to fund projects that make transportation to parks, green spaces, and public land and bodies of water more accessible to underserved communities.
Senator Rosen recently headed a FY22 grant letter allocating nearly $ 68 million to administer the National Conservation Lands system. This additional funding will improve the proper management and protection of these areas and provide a high quality visitor experience.
At the last convention, Senator Rosen helped introduce and pass the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), which went into effect on August 4, 2020. GAOA continuously and fully funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with $ 900 million annually and created a five-year trust fund to cover a portion of a $ 12 billion backlog of deferred national park and public maintenance projects To cover land. She also helped institute the ANTIQUITIES Act, which was designed to protect and enhance national monuments by declaring Congressional support for the 51 National Monuments erected from 1996 to 2017, including Gold Butte and Basin and Range in Nevada.
The outdoor leisure industry contributes $ 778 billion to the country’s economic output and supports nearly 5.2 million American jobs, from travel guides to equipment manufacturers to manufacturers, small business owners and many more.
Over the past year, the U.S. has seen an increase in participation and demand for outdoor recreational activities, creating both opportunities and challenges for the industry. Almost 53% of Americans participated in outdoor recreational activities in 2020, and 8.1 million more Americans hiked last year than in 2019.
Get Outdoors Nevada and the Nevada Outdoor Business Coalition commissioned a study on the impact of COVID on outdoor recreation, which found that the state’s outdoor recreation economy lost approximately 6% of its jobs during the pandemic. With the loss of 13.7 million annual visitors to the state, tour operators, equipment suppliers and tour guides, as well as other businesses, suffered because they relied on these travelers.