Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative

Leveraging Vermont’s Outdoor Recreation Assets to Stimulate and Improve Economic Outcomes

In Vermont, a healthy outdoor recreation economy directly supports related businesses and organizations. Moreover, It also contributes to numerous other aspects of the Vermont economy and culture, including the encouragement of healthy communities and individuals, enhancement of the Vermont lifestyle and the Vermont brand, increased connection to nature and attraction of high-quality employers and a sustainable workforce in all economic sectors.


VOREC's Special Report to the Governor on COVID-19

Learn more about VOREC's COVID-19 Response

We know the economy in Vermont benefits from our shared love of the outdoors. Direct spending at outdoor retailers and service providers (gear outlets, manufacturers, sales reps, guide services, marketing firms that specialize in outdoor recreation, etc.) as well as per trip expenditures (meals, gas, hotels etc.) add up to a whopping $2.5 billion annually in consumer spending. Nationally, the $646 billion outdoor recreation industry is now being measured as part of America’s gross national product.

By promoting our outdoor recreation assets and businesses we will be able to sustainably support this sector and help drive overall growth in the Vermont economy. 

The VOREC steering committee is made up of Vermont businesses and non-profits including outdoor manufacturers, retailers, brand representatives, trail and user groups and conservation organizations, as well as state government.  A list of the steering committee members can be found HERE.

The VOREC steering committee’s purpose is to engage with businesses, government, the nonprofit sector and the public to identify specific outcomes that promote business opportunities, increase participation opportunities, and strengthen the quality and stewardship of our recreational resources.

Upcoming Steering Committee Meetings (Open to the Public)

Thursday, August 27, 1-4pm | Remote meeting via Microsoft Teams (meeting link below)

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

+1 802-828-7667   United States, Montpelier (Toll)

Conference ID: 800 650 784#

Wednesday, October 7, 9am-12pm (meeting details coming soon)

Wednesday, December 16, 1-4pm (meeting details coming soon)



VOREC Community Grant Program

Learn more about the VOREC Community Grant Program

VOREC Community Grant Program report to the legislature (January 15, 2020)

Reports, Recommendations & Related Resources

Annual Report to the Governor (September 15, 2019)

ACT 250 & Recreation Trails

Governor’s response to constituent inquiries regarding Act 250 and recreational trails at Victory Hill

VOREC Recommendations

Governor Scott's Press Release on VOREC Recommendations

WATCH: Governor Scott's Press Conference on VOREC Recommendations

Meeting Materials

2020 Meeting Materials

2019 Meeting Materials

2018 Meeting Materials

2017 Meeting Materials

Public Forum Notes & Survey Data


East Dummerston

Hartford/White River Junction

Island Pond


Saint Albans


Emailed Comments

Survey Write-In Comments 

Survey Charts

Learn More About Our Work

Executive Order

VOREC Background

VOREC Charter and Bylaws

Economic Impact Studies and Relevant Data

Mad River Valley Active Transportation Plan 

Vermont Trails and Greenways Council Economic Impact Study

Vermont ACCD Tourism Research (link to webpage)

Vermont Outdoor Industry Assocation Report

The Gund Center's Economics of Conservation Study

Contact Us

VOREC Chair: Commissioner Michael Snyder at

VOREC Staff: Jessica Savage at or 802-249-1230.