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Letters From the Outdoors 9 November 2017

Letters From the Outdoors

Mike Racine, President, Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Hello Washington outdoor recreationalists, This is the first of an ongoing initiative to communicate regularly regarding issues that affect the outdoor recreation community and economy in Washington. As you may know, the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition works to effect policy and investment by the state of Washington as it relates to outdoor recreation. We believe communication between us and our members is a key element of doing that job effectively. We hope you enjoy the inaugural “Letter from the Outdoors”. REI recently developed a new report, “The Path Ahead”, aimed at prompting deeper dialogue about why we all ought to #OptOutside. Did you know the average American spends 95% of their life indoors? What does that lead to?
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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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