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6 November 2017

The Path Ahead // A New Report From REI On Why We All Ought to #OptOutside

REI

On Monday last week, we launched #OptOutside for 2017. Our focus, once more, is to celebrate hardworking people dedicated to a life outdoors and to get more Americans outside. We’re introducing a number of things to do that this year. Today, we’re especially happy to share a new report with you, the nonprofit and government leaders who have built #OptOutside. Entitled The Path Ahead, it captures trends that affect the future of life outdoors. It doesn’t present the answers. It’s designed to provoke discussion by exploring nine ‘brutal truths’ juxtaposed with nine ‘beautiful possibilities.’ Together, they paint a picture of what could happen if we stay inside as a species, or #OptOutside. You can access the content at www.rei.com/blog/the-path-ahead. It includes a compelling animation, which also can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8scLX_eL2Q.
State Parks Director Don Hoch Receives National Distinguished Service Award 19 September 2017

State Parks Director Don Hoch Receives National Distinguished Service Award

Washington State Parks

OLYMPIA –Sept. 19, 2017– Washington State Parks Director Don Hoch has been awarded the National Association of State Parks Directors’ (NASPD) top award for 2017—the Distinguished Service Award. The honor was presented at the association’s 2017 annual meeting in Missoula on Sept. 7.
State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation 10 September 2017

State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Industry

BOULDER, Colo. – September 6, 2017 – Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released the State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation report featuring case studies on seven states across the country that are investing in the public lands and waters that support the outdoor economy.  See full report
New Statewide Collaborative Focuses On Vermont's Outdoor Recreation Economy 7 August 2017

New Statewide Collaborative Focuses On Vermont's Outdoor Recreation Economy

VPR - Vermont's News Source

Up until now the outdoor recreation businesses in Vermont have not had a statewide advocacy group.  Governor Phil Scott signed and executive order creating a collaborative to support the industry.
27 July 2017

Wyden, Bishop Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Washington, D.C.

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate and House to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and boost rural economies across the country.
Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow in Washington 24 July 2017

Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow in Washington

WA Governor's Office

National trade association calculates $26.2 billion in statewide annual economic report.  Washington's natural splendor plays a major role in its economy, generating an annual $7.6 billion in wages and salaries and $2.3 billion in state and local tax revenue through outdoor recreation, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. 
20 July 2017

Simplicity, Consistency, and Equity in Recreation Fee Systems in Washington Mid-Project Update

The William Ruckelshaus Center

Nearly 40% of the state is primarily managed by nine agencies.  In recent decades, these agencies have instituted various user-based fees.  Currently more than 20 unique recreation passes and permits are available in Washington.  The myriad of pass permutations results in public land users who are uncertain about what pass is needed where, when and why.  View the mid-project report to learn status of how these challenges are being addressed.
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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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