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U.S. Federal Government To Quantify Value Of Outdoors Economy 30 April 2016

U.S. Federal Government To Quantify Value Of Outdoors Economy

Secretary Jewell with Susan Goldberg of National Geographic; photo U.S. Dept. of the Interior

The Government’s comprehensive plan could pave the way for increased political leverage and funding for outdoor activities, brands, and destinations. In a speech to the National Geographic Society on Tuesday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the federal government will fund a feasibility study by the Department of Commerce (DOC) and Federal Recreation Council to measure the economic value of outdoor recreation at both national and regional levels.

Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Appoints New Executive Director 26 April 2016

Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Appoints New Executive Director

WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, which brings together more than 280 nonprofit and corporate partners, announced the appointment of Andrea McNamara Doyle as its new Executive Director. Andrea joins the Coalition after serving as its Interim Executive Director since mid-November. “We’re thrilled to announce Andrea McNamara Doyle as our new Executive Director,” said Joe Mentor, Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Chair. “The Board recognized the great work Andrea has already done as Interim Director and agrees that she is the right person to help the Coalition move forward successfully for the future. Her enthusiasm and ability to bring together our broad coalition of independent organizations has been truly remarkable.”

The Obama Administration Just Gave The Outdoor Economy A Huge Boost 21 April 2016

The Obama Administration Just Gave The Outdoor Economy A Huge Boost

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell kicked off National Parks Week on Tuesday with a major speech outlining a new vision for a second century of parks conservation. The speech highlighted the problems faced by national parks, including maintenance backlogs, lack of robust funding, climate change, and the rise of an extreme movement to sell off public lands. A major action item from Jewell’s speech was an announcement that the Department of Interior will work with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to do a first-ever study to measure the impact outdoor recreation has on the economy. Despite the major economic powerhouse that outdoor recreation can be for towns, businesses, and communities near public lands, the BEA has not measured or tracked its outputs as it does the outputs of other major sectors of the economy.

Governor Jay Inslee Signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 6227 12 April 2016

Governor Jay Inslee Signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 6227

Thank you to all who worked to modernize and renew the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program!  On March 31st, 2016 Substitute Senate Bill No. 6227, relating to implementing the recommendations of the 2015 review of the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program was signed by Governor Jay Inslee.  See more photos
Quiet Recreation on BLM-Managed Lands: Economic Contribution 2014 6 April 2016

Quiet Recreation on BLM-Managed Lands: Economic Contribution 2014

Quiet activities are worth nearly $2 billion in a single year according to a new study.

Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the western United States and Alaska provide a wealth of recreational opportunities to visitors. These range from camping, hiking, and hunting to off-highway vehicle use (OHV), boating, and snowmobiling. In this report we distinguish between “quiet” and “non-quiet” recreational activities. We use the term “quiet recreation” to refer to recreation that generally does not involve significant use of motorized equipment—aside from any transportation to-and-from the recreation sites. 
2016 Entrance Fee Free Days 2 April 2016

2016 Entrance Fee Free Days

National Parks Service

Mark your calendar and plan to visit your National Parks on these special days! Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor the National Park Week, April 16-24, and following important dates:

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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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