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23 October 2016

Open House to Kick Off Recreation Planning for Teanaway Community Forest

Washington Department of Natural Resources

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to share ideas about the future of recreation in the Teanaway Community Forest at an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Cle Elum. The Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are developing a recreation plan with significant input from the public and a community-based advisory committee. The open house will provide an introduction to the planning process, which was outlined in the agencies’ 2015 management plan for the 50,241-acre forest, located in the Yakima River Basin headwaters. The management plan is available at http://file.dnr.wa.gov/publications/em_tcf_managementplan.pdf.
Next Big Tent Board Meeting - Conference Call 18 September 2016

Next Big Tent Board Meeting - Conference Call

10 am - 12 pm: Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Big Tent board meeting is open to all.  Agenda includes a debrief of our summer board retreat; preliminary advocacy 2017 discussion; preliminary 2017 budget planning; and 2017 board meeting date selection.
6 Reasons Why Parks Matter for Health 26 August 2016

6 Reasons Why Parks Matter for Health

Robert Woods Foundation

Research shows that using public parks—even tiny local ones in your neighborhood—contributes to health in a number of ways, from promoting physical activity to improving mental health and even having the potential to reduce health care costs.
How the Outdoor Industry Found Its Lobbying Voice 10 August 2016

How the Outdoor Industry Found Its Lobbying Voice

Associations Now

More organized than ever, groups like the Outdoor Industry Association have started to make inroads on the advocacy front, thanks to two big factors: the ability to get disparate voices at the table, and the support of industry advocates at the state level.

Washington Trails Coalition 2016 Conference 8 August 2016

Washington Trails Coalition 2016 Conference

October 13-15 - Richland, WA

Registration is open for the Washington Trails Coalition 2016 Conference, occurring October 13-15 in Richland, WA. The organization is also seeking exhibitors. 
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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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