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30 December 2014

State Parks - Making Lemonade out of Budget Lemons‏

Governor Inslee released his proposed budget for the 2015-17 biennium.  After all the hoo-rah over the Governor’s Outdoor Recreation Task Force, after the Governor’s appeal to his Task Force for a plan for sufficient and sustainable funding for our state parks, I can only state that Governor Inslee’s proposed budget for State Parks is a major disappointment.
30 December 2014

Governor's 2015-2017 Budget Proposal for State Parks

(A message from Director Hoch to State Parks staff)  The Governor rolled out his 2015-17 state Budget, with the theme, “Reinvesting in Washington.”  To balance his state Operating budget, he included $400 million in cuts and savings and additional proposed funding from new revenue sources.

8 December 2014

Special to The Spokesman-Review: Our outdoors needs continued investment

November 8, 2014

The Inland Northwest needs comprehensive solutions to ensure the high-quality outdoor access we have come to expect. Spokane joins many other communities across 33 counties asking for state grants to complete more than 200 projects ranging from preserving working farms to protecting hunting and fishing access, improving our state parks, and building trails and neighborhood playgrounds.

8 December 2014

Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation

Gov. Jay Inslee established the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation through Executive Order 14-01 to develop an action plan and recommendations to manage, transform, better leverage, or develop Washington’s outdoor recreation assets and state programs to increase outdoor recreation activities as well as promote the jobs and business associated with outdoor recreation.
8 December 2014

State Parks - Post Election, Pre-Budget Release Update

The mid-term elections are over, although a bit of ballot counting remains.  The State Senate will remain much as is, with 25 Republicans and one maverick Democrat, and the State House will narrow to 51 Democrats and 47 Republicans.  Each majority has only one vote to spare.

6 December 2014

Outdoor Activities Washington State

If you love outdoor activities, we’ve got an abundance of spaces and places where you can enjoy them.  Washington State offers rainforests and deserts, alpine meadows and wetland estuaries, and where the land is rich with natural beauty, there are ample opportunities for outdoor activities. Climb, hike, bike, boat, canoe, fish, golf and horseback ride here. Head downhill on skis, through the woods on cross-country skis or snowshoes; try water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving and swimming; rev up with a wheeled adventure (on and off-road, pedal-powered or motor-driven).
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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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