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8 January 2018

Outdoor Recreation Caucus Meeting

January 11, 2018, 7 am, Senate Rules Room

The newly formed Outdoor Recreation Caucus that we had a major role in organizing will hold its first meeting in Olympia on Thursday January 11, 2018, and will meet on a weekly basis through the session. Please find the agenda here for the Outdoor Recreation Caucus meeting on January 11, 2018 at 7 am in the Senate Rules Room.
26 December 2017

Stakeholder Call on Outdoor Recreation in Higher Education

Senator Ranker

As Chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Senator Ranker is interested in expanding outdoor recreation credentials at higher education institutions in Washington. He has taken note of the efforts of Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry to establish the following degree programs, and he would like to do something similar in Washington.
23 December 2017

Final Report on "Rec Pass" and Recommendations

Ruckelshaus Center issues final report

See the ATTACHED Word Doc (“Recreation Fees Final Report…”) for a blurb that touches on key recommendations and options in the final report. Below are links to the Final Report Executive Summary and the full Final Report. We’ve also cut and pasted the budget proviso language from Governor Inslee’s proposed FY 2018 Operating Budget that, if adopted by the Legislature, would allow for the hiring of a consultant to more closely analyze and estimate fiscal impacts and revenue potential of the three preferred options that were in the report.
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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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