Information about National Efforts in Outdoor Recreation

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Information about National Efforts in Outdoor Recreation


Both bills are linked below, and a press release on the access bill is also linked below. 

In the documents attached is also a one-page summary of the recreation access bill and a letter from Governor Inslee, in support of the Outdoor Recreation's Contributions Act (REC).   

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February 2018: A federal government analysis of outdoor recreation's economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades.  Outdoor recreation is big business. For the first time ever the U.S. Department of Commerce looked specifically at the economic impact of outdoor recreation and found that it contributed $373.7 billion to the nation's Gross Domestic Product in 2016, comprising 2 percent of the GDP.  See Report


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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