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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.

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.  Check out our list of current steering committee members

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.

VOREC Community Grant Program 

This grant program is intended to fund community projects that leverage outdoor recreation which VOREC defines as leisure, sport and therapeutic recreation activities pursued outdoors, mainly in a natural setting.

Learn more about the program 

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

Upcoming Steering Committee Meetings (Open to the Public)

Friday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Meeting agenda

In Person

Former Green Mountain College Campus (1 Brennan Cir, Poultney, VT 05764 - Withey Student Center - additional information and directions included in meeting agenda)

Teams meeting

This meeting will be primarily in-person with the option to join virtually during the Business Meeting only.

Join the meeting virtually

Join by phone

+1 802-828-7667

Conference ID: 775 350 354#


Meetings are typically held bi-monthly on the second Friday of the month from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Meeting times may shift due to state holidays or other unforeseen events. 

To see recordings of past VOREC Steering Committee Meetings visit the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation YouTube channel



Recording of COVID Winter Recreation Panel

VOREC Letter on Winter Outdoor Recreation Disruption & Demand

Reports, Recommendations & Related Resources

2020 Annual Report to the Governor

2019 Annual Report to the Governor

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

2022 Meeting Materials

2021 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

VOREC Action Plan (this is a draft document that is ever-changing as VOREC's work continues)

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 Program Manager: Jackie Dagger at or 802-636-7410.