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ORR’s Turner Named ‘Outsider of the Year’

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Jessica Turner, executive director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, has been named one of Outside magazine’s Outsiders of the Year.

The magazine referred to Turner as “the outdoor industry’s secret weapon.”

Outside highlighted Turner’s role in helping get the Great American Outdoors Act passed, as well last year’s Dingell Act, which created some 1.3 million acres of protected wilderness and six new National Park Service units.

In fact, the magazine notes that without Turner’s lobbying efforts, neither of those bills would have gone through.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Turner, 34, was the chief lobbyist in Washington for the Outdoor Industry Association for six years and now directs the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, a coalition of 32 trade groups ranging from the Professional TrailBuilders Association to the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association.

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