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rv-pro.com May 2021 • RV PRO • 45 I became passionate about connecting people to places we were protecting in the Department of the Interior. This pas- sion led to a role as government affairs manager for the Outdoor Industry Asso- ciation, where I worked for six years lob- bying on recreation and conservation issues. My public and private sector and nonprofit background in the outdoor industry led me to ORR, which ended up being a perfect fit. RV PRO: What transformational experience drives your work? Turner: When working with Los Angeles youth, I asked them if they liked the beach or the mountains and encountered blank stares. These chil- dren had never been to the mountains or the beach – though both were within a 20-minute drive. I work to solve this problem profes- sionally and personally. We have all these great outdoor spaces. But if the people who need them cannot access them, then what are we doing this for? We have a long way to go. There's a great study we (ORR) brought up a lot in our conversations with members of Con- gress during the pandemic. The research shows 100 million citizens lack access to parks or green spaces. RV PRO: How did this discovery help the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act? Turner: There's an inequity, not just in access to parks, but in how those parks look. COVID-19 highlighted these issues, which had been percolating for many gen- erations. People need green spaces, and that helped drive the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. ORR is based in Washington, D.C., and Turner is often asked to provide testimony at various Senate and Congressional hearings regarding the economic impact of outdoor recreation on the nation's economy, among other topics. Turner is pictured here addressing members the National Governors Association. ORR has been successful in getting several states to create offices of outdoor recreation with the goal of promoting and growing outdoor recreation within their states. Turner is pictured in this photo with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (center) and RVIA members at an ORR function. ORR members often seek to network with federal and state government officials to make them aware of the group's priorities.

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