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Public To Decide How $2 Million In Grants Will Be Split Among National Parks 15 June 2016

Public To Decide How $2 Million In Grants Will Be Split Among National Parks

Mount Rainier - Longmire Historic District Needs Our Votes!

The Longmire Historic District in Mount Rainier National Park has been selected to participate in Partners in Preservation: National Parks, a program celebrating the 2016 National Park Service Centennial. The program features 20 national parks vying for $2M in preservation grant funding as decided by popular vote through the National Geographic website. Through July 5, the public can vote for up to five parks once a day to receive a share of the funding. The parks with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be awarded grants for historic restoration projects, until the full $2 million is distributed.   Click here to vote!

Free Entry Saturday to State Parks, National Forests 10 June 2016

Free Entry Saturday to State Parks, National Forests

The Seattle Times

Saturday, June 11, is a free-entry day at U.S. national forests and at Washington State Parks, in observance of National Get Outdoors Day, a new annual event to encourage healthful and active outdoor fun.
Colorado Emerging as a National Leader in Developing a Recreational-Based Economy 6 June 2016

Colorado Emerging as a National Leader in Developing a Recreational-Based Economy

The Denver Post

The common refrain among businesses along Colorado’s recreation-rich Interstate 70 mountain corridor over the past few years is “record breaking.”  Soaring numbers of visitors are swelling private and public coffers in both summer and winter. Tourist-generated tax revenues are reaching peaks. The recreation season now stretches for almost 12 months with more opportunities for year-round play than ever before. While outdoor recreation has long been an economic keystone in Colorado, it is only now getting recognized as a major economic driver nationwide, with proposed federal legislation aiming to bolster the industry that has long languished at the fiscal kids’ table.

Colorado Establishes First State Public Lands Day in the Nation 19 May 2016

Colorado Establishes First State Public Lands Day in the Nation

Conservation Colorado - May 9, 2016

The Colorado state legislature on Friday night passed a bill establishing the third Saturday in May as a holiday to celebrate, as the bill’s summary states, “the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.” The bill passed with bipartisan support, with a 36-29 vote in the House and a 25-8 vote in the Senate. It is now headed to the governor’s desk. “Colorado is a national leader when it comes to conservation issues, and our support for public lands is no exception,” said Scott Braden, Wilderness and Public Lands Advocate at Conservation Colorado. “People come from far and wide to visit our mountains, deserts, forests, and grasslands, and for that they deserve to be celebrated.”

Bill Virgin: How Do We Best Promote State For More Tourism Dollars? 18 May 2016

Bill Virgin: How Do We Best Promote State For More Tourism Dollars?

The News Tribune

As potential tourist destinations go, it’s hard to top Washington’s menu of options. Spectacular mountain and water scenery, all the outdoor-recreation opportunities you could want, big-city amenities including the latest in foodie and beverage trends. And a volcano!
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A state study completed by the Recreation and Conservation Office in January 2015, finds that people in Washington spend nearly $22 billion each year hiking, skiing, boating, golfing, and in other outdoor pursuits.  See Study

 

January 2014 - Outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $646 billion in customer spending and 6.1 million direct jobs.  See Study

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