Dedicated to diversifying the economy, improving lives and stimulating local economies through strengthening Alaska’s outdoor recreation sector.

Our Beginning

The Alaska Outdoor Alliance began as a question at the first Confluence Summit held in 2016. Was there enough energy and interest in coalescing around the idea that the state’s outdoor recreation economy was a sleeping giant worth awakening? The overwhelmingly resounding answer was, “Yes!” Today the Alliance numbers more than 600 stakeholders from all quarters of the sector with a vested interest in unleashing the ability of this sector to do good for business, communities, health and the Alaska way of life: business, non-profit conservation groups, public land management agencies, Alaska Native entities and leaders among major allied industries like healthcare and education.

“The public will no doubt be surprised at the economic importance of this industry as we release prototype statistics measuring the impact of activities like boating, fishing, RVing, hunting, camping, hiking, and more.”

— US Commerce Secretary wilbur ross, 2017

US Bureau of Economic Analysis: Updated Statistics for Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account 2012 - 2016.


The Mission:

Dedicated to economic diversification and stimulating rural economic development through empowering the outdoor recreation sector.


Incubated in Valdez, Confluence has grown to include a database of more than 600 businesses that thrive on Alaska’s outdoors.


Outdoor Recreation Economic Impacts study, released March 2019

Alaska Outdoor Products manufacturers study, released September 2018

Statewide Trails Assessment released April 2019 by a consortium of community-based trails programs from around the state

In Progress:

Expanding the scope of our annual legislative fly-in to a week shining a spotlight on the vibrant energy of the sector in our state capital. Join with us for Juneau Outdoor Week, March 2 - 6, 2020.


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