On Thursday, the Assembly Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation held an information hearing for an update from the Office of Outdoor Recreation. The Ministry of Tourism proposed the establishment of the Office for Outdoor Recreation during the Ministry’s budget proposal 2019-2021. It received bipartisan support and was included in the final state budget as a two-year project. It was then extended for a further two years in the 2021-2023 budget. Wisconsin was the fourteenth state and one of the first in the Midwest to open an office for the outdoor industry. Anne Sayers, the new Secretary-Designate for the Department of Tourism, said “Wisconsin outdoor recreation adds $ 7.8 billion to the state’s gross domestic product. And its growth has outpaced the state’s GDP as a whole.” Sayers also found that $ 1 in $ 40 generated in Wisconsin comes from outdoor recreational activities, which is 2.2% of the state’s GDP. It also supports 93,000 jobs.