Conserving land provides diverse recreational opportunities
Only 60% percent of American youth ages 6 to 24 participate in outdoor recreation and this continues to decrease each year. It is our mission to connect future generations with traditional outdoor activities. In exposing them to the land, it is our hope that they too can articulate what is special about the Lowcountry landscape for years to come.
- In the US, 87.5 million residents over the age of 16 take part in wildlife based activities such as hunting, fishing and wildlife watching and in the state of South Carolina, at least 54% of residents participate in outdoor recreation.
- However, with children spending 85% of their time indoors, the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists is at risk.
- In order to encourage continued participation in hunting, angling, and other wildlife-based activities every year, and create even more direct, indirect and induced jobs, better efforts must be made to protect prime habitats.
- Virtually all outdoor recreational pursuits require or are enhanced by the amount and quality of protected land available to the public
- Outdoor recreation in SC generates $18 billion in consumer spending, $201K in SC Jobs and $4.7 billion in wages and salaries