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Rally Day Follow Up 26 February 2015

Rally Day Follow Up

Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition

We wanted to thank all of you who helped make the Big Tent Rally Day a success. From the 22 organizations that had booths, to the Friends of State Parks groups that helped staff the hospitality room, and to those who helped craft the press release and organize the noon-hour, thank you all for your help and participation. We had a lot of great feedback.

18 February 2015

State Senators, Representatives Highlight the Importance of Outdoor Recreation Economy

Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Olympia, WA - The Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition, a 501 (c)(6) umbrella organization made up of several dozen individual organizations and state natural resource agencies, will be in the State Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 24, for its third Annual Rally Day to highlight the importance of outdoor recreation to our state.  The Rally Day will include a press event featuring legislative leaders speaking about the economic impact of outdoor recreation and its role in the state budget process.

13 February 2015

Guest: Our state parks are heavily used but underfunded

Seattle Times - Published January 27, 2015

State parks get 33 million visitors a year, yet funding cuts have them operating with “bailing wire and duct tape,” write guest columnists John R. Floberg, Mark O. Brown and Jim van Loben Sels.

STATE parks need everyone’s support this legislative session. Years of underfunding and layoffs have left the state with one of the most awesome park systems in the country that is held together, as Gov. Jay Inslee says, “by bailing wire and duct tape.” The equivalent of 200 positions out of 595 at state parks were lost in the recession, and the condition and hours of operation for park facilities have continued to decline. 
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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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