Every State Needs An Immunity Law

Accidents happen at campgrounds all the time. Someone trips on a log while on a hike or burns themselves around the campfire. It happens. These are just some of the inherent risks of camping.

It’s what happens after an accident that can be a body blow to you and the future of your campground.

A few months later, an envelope arrives in the mail—it’s a notification of a lawsuit.

know your campground wasn’t negligent in any way, but now it’s too late—you’re the defendant in a lawsuit and a costly process begins.

This scenario happens with regularity all across the country and ARVC is focused on providing a solution for all our members. ARVC is fighting hard for campground immunity laws like the one successfully passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature in 2016.

“ARVC is focused on this as a member benefit because we see enormous value in stemming the tide of frivolous claims and lawsuits for accidents that are not the responsibility of our campground owner members,” says Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC. “These lawsuits often range in the tens of thousands of dollars or more and are rarely won without the benefit of this type of immunity law.”

Bert Davis, owner of Badgerland Campground in Stoughton, Wis., says the immunity law in Wisconsin has given campground owners across the state peace of mind that a frivolous lawsuit won’t endanger their ability to provide a priceless experience for their campers.

“This law helps protect our parks in Wisconsin and by default also helps keep the quality time spent with family and friends a main priority to our owners and managers,” Davis says.

“Using the momentum from Wisconsin, ARVC has teamed up with lawyer Mark Hazelbaker, who played a major role in the immunity law’s passage in the state, to create a toolkit to help other states recreate the success seen in Wisconsin.

“What we’re trying to do is give campgrounds the ability to innovate and expand without the fear of being sued by campers when the campground owners have simply provided the experience the campers were looking for in the first place,” Hazelbaker says. “It’s like this. If you go into a boxing ring and put on gloves and someone punches you, you shouldn’t be able to sue them. That’s the experience you wanted when you stepped into the ring. These laws provide the same type of protections to campground owners based on the inherent dangers of camping.”

Davis says Hazelbaker’s knowledge of the law and how state governments work was a vital part of the success in Wisconsin, and mixed with the power ARVC has in numbers, he sees a golden opportunity in other states.

“Government is a very complicated animal. Most of us don't want to deal with it because we don't understand its complexity,” Davis says. “Good laws that serve a great purpose take time, following the correct procedure, and getting it to the right person to sponsor it. Those were the three big things I witnessed that had to happen to make it law in Wisconsin. So, having the ARVC toolkit is a huge leg up we didn’t have in Wisconsin. It’s great ARVC is taking what worked in Wisconsin and tailoring it to work in other areas.”

Pete Brown, owner of Lone Oak Campsites in East Canaan, Conn., is no stranger to frivolous lawsuits, so he jumped at the chance to help get immunity laws passed in Connecticut.

“Trial lawyers hate this law and have fought it successfully in New Hampshire recently,” Brown says. “Listen, we’re campground owners, we’re not lawyers. We need people like Mark Hazelbaker on our side. We need organizations like ARVC looking out for our best interests and advocating for us, but we have to get involved too. There is power in numbers when a law is on the table and a bunch of campground owners show up in support.

“There’s an old saying, ‘You’re either at the table, or on it,’ so sure I wanted to get this started in Connecticut. We’re learning from what worked in Wisconsin and what didn’t in New Hampshire. The process is in its infancy here, but it’s moving forward.”

Another benefit Brown sees coming down the road is lower insurance rates for campground owners.

“I could definitely see insurance rates going down in the future,” Brown says. “Less liability will bring the small insurance companies back into the market. More competition should drive down rates.”

There are numerous benefits, but ultimately these immunity laws allow campground owners to focus on what’s really important—the camper’s experience. “One of the bonuses of being in the campground industry is we provide a chance for family and friends to share quality time outdoors—it’s a priceless experience and as owners we help make that happen,” Davis says. “But camping brings with it some unforeseen hazards. This law greatly improves the odds of not getting sued.”

Hazelbaker is quick to remind campground owners that getting a law passed isn’t an overnight process.

“In Wisconsin we started drafting legislation in 2014 and it was finally passed in 2016,” he says. “It was two years of solid efforts focused on the bill from concept to passage.”

That’s why Brown isn’t wasting any time in Connecticut.

“I’ve already talked with my state rep, but it’s not an overnight deal. I know that,” he says. “It could take a year, maybe two, so the sooner we start the process the better.”

Interested in Getting Started in Your State?

The toolkit will be available this fall and will include step-by-step guidelines for working with state legislatures as well as draft legislation that can literally be handed to your state legislature representatives.

“ARVC has taken upon itself the cost and responsibility to work with Mark Hazelbaker who has the only track record in the country of establishing this legislation as a benefit to our members,” Bambei says. “ARVC would now like to assist every state it has a relationship with that wishes to pursue legislation on their own by making this toolkit available.”

To get involved in your state, you can start by contacting ARVC’s public affairs department, which is eager to help efforts to get a campground immunity law passed in as many states as possible. Contact Jeff Sims, senior director of Senior Director of State Relations & Program Advocacy, at jsims@arvc.org or 303-681-0401 x 110 to get started today.


CAMPGROUND OWNERS ALERTED TO CAREFULLY READ ALL INVOICES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Basler, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications, ARVC
(303) 681-0401 x111
dbasler@arvc.org 


CAMPGROUND OWNERS ALERTED TO CAREFULLY READ ALL INVOICES
After questionable invoices pop up in states across the country, campground owners should be vigilant in inspecting all invoices before submitting payment


Denver (June 27, 2018)
RV park and campground owners in Maryland, South Dakota and other states have recently alerted the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) of a suspicious invoice being sent from a company, whose name is similar to a well-known national company and could potentially cause confusion, so ARVC is suggesting all campground owners nationwide carefully inspect all invoices before submitting payment.

The afore mentioned invoice is being sent from a company referring to itself as “Go RV Inc”, very similar to the GoRVing brand owned by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). On the invoice, the issuing company claims "Go RV acquired the Maryland Campground and RV Park Directory Inc. and SW Publications Nationwide”. Because many campgrounds employ SE Publications to create and publish their directories, this similarity could also be confusing to campground owners.

Because of this potentially confusing issue ARVC is communicating directly with its members and would appreciate any help communicating this to your readership in the RV park and campground community as well.

About National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC)

ARVC, a leader in the outdoor hospitality industry, is the only national association dedicated to representing the interests and needs of private RV parks and campgrounds in the US and Canada. We are deeply committed to providing our nearly 3,000 members exclusive access to continuing education, networking, business and marketing tools, member-only benefits and discounts, and advocacy at the local, state and national levels. For more information about ARVC, visit our website at www.arvc.org.

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The ARVC Foundation Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194® Program is on the Road

Save up to 15 percent on your park’s annual property and liability insurance coverage

If you haven’t gotten up to speed on the NFPA 1194® standard yet, you could be missing out on a pretty substantial savings on your property and liability insurance. The ARVC Foundation is making it even easier by bringing its Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194 program to a city near you in 2018.

As a member of ARVC, once you earn your Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194, you can also obtain an optional Risk Management Endorsement, which involves attending a classroom session and completing two online components. This endorsement may qualify you to receive a discount of up to 15 percent on park’s property and liability insurance through Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance Agency, the largest underwriter in the country for RV parks and campgrounds.

What is NFPA 1194, and why is it so important?

NFPA 1194 is a nationally-recognized standard developed, maintained and published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). This standard provides construction requirements for safety and health for occupants using facilities supplied by recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds offering temporary living sites for use by recreational vehicles, recreational park trailers and other camping units.

“This document is extremely important for you as a park owner when working with your local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs),” says Jeff Sims, ARVC senior director of state relations and program advocacy. “It outlines minimum safety requirements for general design, fire safety, environmental health and sanitation, and establishes uniform definitions. It also includes valuable annex sections that address typical site plan safety, sanitary disposal stations, operational guidelines, detailed site layout drawings, examples of the variety of RV types and a comprehensive glossary of relevant terms. This is a great tool you can use to educate your local AHJs when they are developing regulations that will impact your park.”

Two ARVC members—Al Johnson (S.D.) and Wade Elliott (Wash.)—serve on the NFPA Technical Committee responsible for overseeing the NFPA 1194.

When and where is arvc hosting the program in 2018?

With ARVC hosting one-day programs in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania (see schedule below), you’ll have five opportunities in 2018 to complete the classroom portion of the coursework required to earn your ARVC Foundation Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194 plus Risk Management Endorsement. The program includes six components: Introduction to NFPA 1194 Standards, Water and Sanitation, Electrical, Fire Safety, Facilities and Assessment.

How much does the program cost?

The enrollment fee for the program is $300 for arvc members and $500 for non-members and includes a copy of the NFPA 1194 book.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATE FOR NFPA 1194 Program?

If you have questions, contact Melissa Romsdahl, ARVC Education Coordinator at 303-681-0401, x121 or mromsdahl@arvc.org.

Coming to a City Near You!

Because education is paramount to arvc and the ARVC Foundation, we are proud to be offering the Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194 program in conjunction with industry events across the country in 2018. You can take advantage of this opportunity in one of these cities:

  • July 25 – Denver (National School)
  • September 11 – Tampa, Fla. (FARVC)
  • November 5 – Oklahoma City (OHCE)
  • December 2 – State College, Pa. (PCOA)

To enroll, visit arvc.org/NFPA.

To purchase an NFPA 1194: Standard for Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds 2018 Edition, visit HERE.


ARVC Staff Spends the Day at a Member Campground

Denver-based ARVC staff members spent the day recently at the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ of Estes Park, CO owned by Rick and Shelly Spear. The staff toured the park, learned more about a typical day for campground owners, saw firsthand the challenges Rick and Shelley overcame following a major flood that ravaged their park, and finished the day with a fun game of laser tag.

Before touring the park, Rick and Shelly shared their personal story of disaster and how the ARVC Foundation’s disaster relief fund helped after a flood severely damaged their park in September 2013.

The couple showed a video taken as the flood waters were rising, and Rick recounted the events.

“The foothills of Colorado from Denver to the Wyoming border received 15 inches of rain over 7 days. After several days of soaking in moderate rain showers, one 24-hour period saw 6-8 inches of rain. With the ground fully saturated already the mountainsides began to erode away, and heavy flooding of local streams and creeks left a portion of nearly every canyon road washed away. The campground sites were washing away, retaining walls were compromised, and roads ended up with trenches 6 feet deep, and up to 15 feet wide in places. Every road that led to Estes Park was either blocked by mudslides or had sections completely washed away. As a result of the flooding, the campground had to close for the season one month early due to the damage on our property, but also because there were no roads left to get to us.”

He talked about how the disaster affected them emotionally and financially, and how the ARVC Foundation’s support helped.

“During the first several days of flooding I was out working with the volunteer fire department, leaving Shelly to take care of the campground as it was washing away. It was hard to be apart from family during the flooding, but there was nothing we could immediately fix at the campground, and everyone in the campground was currently safe, so the priority for me went to helping as a fireman. Once things calmed down we got a handle on the damage to the campground. We received word that the only way out of Estes Park was through Rocky Mountain National Park which took you four hours out of the way. We sent guests and our work campers on their way down the road. I remember standing in the driveway with Shelly (as it is still raining) as the last work campers pulled out, and we laughed and cried together knowing there was a lot of work ahead of us.

“We felt overwhelmed. The ARVC Foundation’s disaster relief program was easy to navigate and the money and support we received through the program gave us the feeling that we were not in this alone. Plus, fellow campground owners and Jellystone franchise representatives reached out to offer help, and our family members helped out and supported us.”

After hearing the Spear’s story, Rick gave the ARVC staff a tour of the campground. Following the tour, Rick and Shelly shared their thoughts on how ARVC can best serve members and talked about the family’s history in the industry (Rick and Shelly bought the park eight years ago from Rick’s parents Kathy and Tony Palmeri—ARVC members since 1994). Before wrapping up the day, Rick (and Rick and Shelly’s son) hosted a fun (and competitive) game of laser tag with the ARVC staff (Rick and his son won both rounds—big time!)

Ken Mowad, executive director of development for the ARVC Foundation, who coordinated the staff field trip, says events like this help bring the staff and our ARVC community even closer together.

“On behalf of the ARVC staff I would like to thank Rick and Shelly for their hospitality, dedication to the industry and for opening up their story to the ARVC team,” Mowad says. “We had a blast! The team enjoys getting out and meeting with members.”

“It was our pleasure to be able to spend time with you today,” Rick says. “It was so great to share ideas and stories. Our family is so lucky to have stumbled upon this amazing industry. We look forward to the next time we get together.”

About the ARVC Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund

In the fall of 2005, the country, specifically the Gulf region, and many of our ARVC members, suffered a tragic natural disaster when Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

At that time, the ARVC Foundation created a Disaster Relief Fund to directly help our member parks in the stricken states affected by Hurricane Katrina. Since that time, the fund has grown to help any ARVC member who has suffered a natural disaster disrupting their business—fires, floods, landslides, ice storms, etc. The loans and grants are not meant to replace insurance already in place at the parks but offer assistance in filling an immediate gap. When parks are hit not only does the park itself experience hardship, but so do employees, guests, and communities. If your park is ever affected by a natural disaster, the ARVC Foundation is here to help. You can apply for funding by visiting www.arvcfoundation.org and clicking DISASTER RELIEF.

If you are interested in donating to the Disaster Relief Fund, you can join the ARVC Foundation in helping provide these parks with much needed immediate financial support by visiting www.arvcfoundation.org and clicking DONATE.


ARVC Public Affairs Committee back on the “Hill”

On June 6, 13 ARVC representatives joined our coalition partners at RVIA and RVDA on the “Hill” in Washington, D.C. for RVIA’s Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. ARVC participated in 46 separate meetings with members of Congress and staff to raise awareness of issues affecting the industry.

Following a successful day on Capitol Hill the ARVC representatives joined fellow Advocacy Day attendees, members of Congress and administration officials for an evening reception recognizing the RV Caucus Members, our RV Champions on Capitol Hill.

ARVC members attending the event were: Al Johnson, OHE, ARVC chairman, of Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA in Hill City, S.D.; Adam Malsack, of Lake Arrowhead Campground, WI; Ann Emerson, vice president & publisher, of Good Sam Enterprises, CA; Jim Calderbank of Moonshine Creek Campground, NC; Joann DelVescio, executive director, New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA), NJ; Mari Garland, OHM, of Junction West RV Park in Grand Junction, CO; Scott Swanson of Gila Bend KOA, AZ; Steve Cross, CPO, OHC, of Cross Creek Camping Resort, OH; Tim Cartmell, OHM, Honesdale/Pocono KOA, PA; Wade Elliott, CPO, president of Utility Supply Group in Kingston, WA; Paul Bambei, ARVC president & ceo, CO: David Basler, ARVC senior director of marketing and communications, CO; and Jeff Sims, CPO, OHC, ARVC senior director of state relations and program advocacy, MO.

Full details in the next issue of ARVC's The Voice.


Lights, Camera, Campground!

Spending a few days or a few weeks at a campground or RV park is a refreshing way to celebrate the beauty of the great outdoors. Occasionally, your campgrounds, like many across the USA, may show movies for entertainment or to support special programs. ARVC reminds members that a public performance license is required under the U.S. Copyright Act when movies and other programs are shown to campers or programmed by guests. Recently, Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) reached out to ARVC members to provide information on the MPLC Umbrella License®, a comprehensive copyright solution covering more than 1,000 Hollywood and specialty producers. ARVC has worked with MPLC for many years to educate members about the need for copyright compliance. In addition, ARVC members enjoy significant savings on seasonal or annual Umbrella Licenses. For more information, please contact MPLC directly at (800) 462-8855 or online at www.mplc.com to learn more about the license and receive your ARVC member discount..


GE Lighting Recalls LED Tube Lamps Due to Shock and Electrocution Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Lowe’s Stores

Name of product:Cool White Universal T8/T12 LED tube lamps
Hazard: The pins on one end of the lamp can be energized during installation/removal, posing electric shock and electrocution hazards.
Remedy: Refund
Recall date: June 6, 2018
Units: About 46,000 packages of two tube lamps (92,000 individual lamps)   

Consumer Contact:
GE Lighting at 800-338-4999 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at lightingconcerns@ge.com or online at www.gelighting.com and click on “Product Safety Information” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the GE Lighting recall.


Harbor Freight Tools Recalls Chainsaws Due to Serious Injury Hazard

Name of product: Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric 14 inch electric chainsaws
Hazard: The power switch can malfunction and allow the chainsaw to continue operating after the operator moves the switch to the “off” position, posing a serious injury hazard to the operator.
Remedy: Replace
Recall date: May 14, 2018
Units: About 1,020,000   

Consumer Contact:
Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, email at recall@harborfreight.com or online at www.harborfreight.com and click on “Recall Safety Information” on the bottom of the homepage for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Harbor Freight recall.


The Importance of Checking for Reverse Polarity

Starting with its next iteration in 2020, the NFPA 70 (National Electric Code) standard will require all newly-manufactured RVs to come equipped with a reverse polarity detector, but in the meantime, issues involving reverse polarity continue to challenge RV park owners and operators.

What is reverse polarity?
Simply put, it’s when the hot wire and neutral wire have been swapped. This can be caused by improper wiring of a pedestal, or if an RV with reverse polarity plugs into a pedestal—the latter of which could cause reverse polarity on all linked pedestals—and the result could be dangerous.

In a position paper requesting the standard, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) said “In a situation of reverse polarity, power is "fed" to the neutral conductor and a short in the wiring could energize the exterior skin or other metal parts, creating a shock hazard that could cause severe burns or possibly death.”

Because of this potential safety hazard, most RV manufacturers are not waiting until 2020, however, and have already started installing reverse polarity detectors in current new models.

How do I check for reverse polarity at my park?
It’s best to check for reverse polarity at the beginning of the season before campers start arriving, so you start with a clean slate.

“If you check for it at the beginning of the season, it just helps isolate the issue quicker if it does present itself,” says Wade Elliott, president of Utility Supply Group. “If you’ve identified that the park’s wiring isn’t the problem, you’ve isolated the issue to a visiting RV.”

Reverse polarity easily can be detected using an inexpensive tool—there are models specific to 30 amp and 50 amp services. If detected, it’s best to call a certified electrician or maintenance man to fix the issue.

Interested in learning more about NFPA standards?
ARVC offers a program called the Practitioner Certificate for NFPA 1194® which is designed to teach park owners and operators the in-depth knowledge of the current standards for RV parks and campgrounds. CLICK HERE to learn more. The next program is July 25-26 in Denver, with other programs being offered in 2018 in Tampa, Oklahoma City and State College, PA.



H-E-B Recalls Halogen Lightbulbs Due to Laceration and Fire Hazards

Name of product: GTC halogen light bulbs
Hazard: The halogen light bulbs can shatter while in use in a lamp or light fixture, posing laceration and fire hazards to consumers.
Remedy: Refund
Recall date: March 29, 2018
Units: About 2.5 million   

Consumer Contact:
H-E-B at 800-432-3113 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.heb.com and click on Product Recalls under the Customer Service heading at the bottom of the homepage for more information

Click here to learn more about the H-E-B recall.


Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms Due to Risk of Failure to Alert Consumers to a Fire

Name of product: Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms – models PI2010 and PI9010
Hazard: A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home.
Remedy: Replace
Recall date: March 21, 2018
Units: About 452,000 in the U.S. (In addition, about 40,000 were sold in Canada.)   

Consumer Contact:
Kidde toll-free at 833-551-7739 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Kidde recall.


Briggs & Stratton Recalls Riding Mowers Due to Risk of Injury

Name of product: Snapper, Simplicity, and Massey Ferguson riding mowers
Hazard: The reverse-mow option switch can malfunction and allow the riding lawn mowers to unintentionally mow when being driven in a reverse direction, posing a risk of injury to bystanders.
Remedy: Repair
Recall date: March 20, 2018
Units: About 18,000 (In addition, about 300 were sold in Canada)

Consumer Contact: Briggs & Stratton at 800-227-3798 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, online at www.briggsandstratton.com and click on “Recalls & Warranty” for more information. Dealers can be found using the dealer locator at www.simplicitymfg.com, www.snapper.com , or www.masseylawn.com for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Briggs & Stratton recall.


Southwire Recalls Wi-Fi Switches Due to Fire Hazard

Name of product: WiOn Indoor In-wall Wi-Fi Switches
Hazard: The wi-fi switches can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy: Refund, Replace
Recall date: March 15, 2018
Units: About 24,000 (In addition, about 6000 were sold in Canada)

Consumer Contact: Southwire toll-free at 888-770-7156 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m to 6 p.m. CT or online at www.wionproducts.com or www.southwire.com and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Southwire recall.




 

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ben Nasta (202) 682-9530
  bnasta@funoutdoors.com 


Outdoor Recreation Roundtable Welcomes Government Recognition
of Industry as GDP Contributor

Inaugural Report Highlights Economic Influence of Outdoor Recreation Industry


Washington, D.C. (February 14, 2018)
– The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) today applauded the release of the first-ever government report recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Released by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)—the government agency responsible for reporting U.S. GDP—the report calculated the outdoor recreation industry’s annual gross output to be $673 billion, surpassing other sectors such as agriculture, petroleum and coal, and computer and electronic products. The report marks a critical step forward for the outdoor recreation industry by formally recognizing its economic influence.

“Today’s report affirms what those of us in the outdoor community already know – outdoor recreation has a far-reaching positive impact across the U.S. and our economy,” said Thom Dammrich, ORR chair and president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “As an industry, we are proud to generate millions of American jobs and be a driving economic force from coast to coast, and we are grateful that BEA and the Department of Commerce have decided to recognize that. This report is further evidence of the need for sound public policy that encourages continued growth in the outdoor recreation industry.”

ORR was formed in February 2018 with the merger of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable, a coalition of America’s leading outdoor recreation trade associations, and the American Recreation Coalition, an organization of recreation interests that has had a significant and positive impact on outdoor recreation for more than three decades. ORR is committed to advancing the basic elements needed to grow this vital economic sector, including sound and sustainable management of U.S. public lands and waters, and updating infrastructure and technology on those lands to create quality experiences in response to changing recreation preferences.

In addition to reporting on the outdoor recreation industry’s annual gross output, the BEA’s initial findings report that outdoor recreation makes up 2.0 percent of the U.S. GDP. More importantly, the outdoor recreation industry's GDP has increased an average of 4.4 percent since 2012, significantly greater than the 3.6 percent average increase in the overall U.S. GDP. 

“This is a welcome signal of the critical economic role outdoor recreation plays in the United States,” said Paul Bambei, Arvc CEO and ORR Board member. “We are thrilled to represent a rapidly growing industry that helps keep America’s economy strong and brings enjoyment to millions of Americans. Given the right public policies, outdoor recreation will continue to be an American economic engine for years to come.”

The full report issued by ORSA and BEA can be found here.

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  Husqvarna Recalls Residential Zero Turn
Riding Mowers Due to Fire Hazard

Name of product: Residential zero turn riding mowers
Hazard: An incorrect routing of the fuel line can cause it to wear and leak, posing a fire hazard.
Remedy: Repair
Recall date: February 8, 2018
Units:
About 7,100

Consumer Contact: Husqvarna toll-free at 877-257-6921 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email at recalls@husqvarna.com or online at http://www.husqvarna.com/ and click on “Product Recall” for more information.

Click here to learn more about the Husqvarna recall.