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21 November 2016

Sales of Discover Pass Increasing, Funding Still Short

Heraldnet, Everett WA

OLYMPIA — Discover Pass sales are on the rise as residents and tourists grow accustomed to paying a fee to visit state parks and recreation lands. But it is unlikely the program will ever generate enough money to cover the full cost of operating Washington’s public parks system as lawmakers envisioned when they created the user fee program in 2011.
Next Big Tent Board Meeting 11/17/2016 6 November 2016

Next Big Tent Board Meeting 11/17/2016

10 am - 12 pm at the Northwest Marine Trade Association

The Big Tent board meeting is open to all.  Agenda includes an advocacy discussion; 2017 budget; and future board meeting date selection.  Contact info@bigtentcoalition.info with questions.

Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Industry Tries Innovation, Education To Spur Job Creation 6 November 2016

Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Industry Tries Innovation, Education To Spur Job Creation

Colorado Matters

When you think of job creators in Colorado the agriculture and tech sectors might come to mind. However, the state's outdoor recreation industry supports 125,000 workers earning $4.2 billion annually. Its economic impact is over $13 billion. This election, both Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have talked extensively about U.S. job security and job creation.  Dan English, CEO and founder of Voormi, a Colorado-based outdoor clothing company, says his company creates jobs in small towns across Colorado. 
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.

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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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