Caption: Coalition Director Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs, members of the Coalition and Outdoor Industry discuss the importance of equitable access to the outdoors with Assemblymember Timothy Grayson
Proposed Statewide Office of Outdoor Recreation Includes Language on Equity
The California Outdoor Engagement Coalition has been working with partners such as the Outdoor Industry Association, California Outdoor Recreation Partnership, REI and LBC Action, to incorporate a focus on equity in the proposed Statewide Office of Outdoor Recreation (AB-1111). Bill language updates include:
- Working toward equitable access to outdoor areas of California
- Recommending policies and initiatives to increase equitable and inclusive access to recreational amenities and experiences
- Coordinating equitable and inclusive outdoor recreation policies across state and local departments and agencies that provide outdoor recreation access or programming
A number of other states already have offices of outdoor recreation, eight of whom have signed the confluence accords to focus on conservation and stewardship, education and workforce training, economic development, and public health and wellness.
New Mexico has taken it one step further by creating an outdoor equity fund. As Representative Angelica Rubio, who authored the New Mexico bill, said at the recent Children and Nature Network conference, “Equity in the outdoors is not new. It feels like a fact, but people have been fighting this for generations. Now that I’m an elected official, people are listening.”
Read an Op-Ed on AB-1111 from the Crescenta Valley Weekly written by Laura Friedman here.