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Bipartisan Conservation Fund Succumbs to Needless Partisanship 16 November 2015

Bipartisan Conservation Fund Succumbs to Needless Partisanship

The Seattle Times

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah, the Republican chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, earned the moniker of obstructionist-in-chief when he single-handedly killed reauthorization on Oct. 1 of the bipartisan, half-century old Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). In the nanosecond it took to block a bill with 195 bipartisan co-sponsors, America’s signature conservation and outdoor-recreation program fell away.

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop wants to do more damage to the expired Land and Water Conservation Fund. His bill needs to be stopped, and the bipartisan LWCF revived. 

10 November 2015

Preliminary Draft Framework for WWRP Recommendations to the Legislature

The preliminary draft framework for WWRP recommendations summarizes areas of consideration for potential statutory and/or policy revisions to address issues raised during the WWRP review process to strengthen the WWRP for the next generation.
Tired, Irritable, Stressed Out? - *Try Nature 10 November 2015

Tired, Irritable, Stressed Out? - *Try Nature

Award Winning Comedy Series Promoting the Outdoors

Nature Rx is a grassroots movement dedicated to entertaining and informing people about the healing and humorous aspects of nature. This video published on Aug 4, 2015:  Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors - two timeless prescriptions for whatever ails you. Side effects may include confidence, authenticity, remembering you have a body, and being in a good mood for no apparent reason.

Outdoor Economics Fact Sheet 9 November 2015

Outdoor Economics Fact Sheet

Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State

Washington’s outdoor recreation is a driving force for the state’s economy, creating jobs and building rural businesses. It also is a way of life in the Pacific Northwest. Washingtonians Love to Be Outside. Washingtonians participate in outdoor recreation more than 445 million days each year, or on average, we spend 56 days a year recreating outdoors. Of all the places there are to go, local parks are the most visited. This report is the first comprehensive analysis of the recreation economy in Washington. It offers economic impact data by geography, by county, and by activity.

Officials Tout Potential of Sky to Sound Water Trail Project 3 November 2015

Officials Tout Potential of Sky to Sound Water Trail Project

Herald Net

EVERETT — There's an effort under way to make it easier to use an 84-mile stretch of the scenic Skykomish River — one of the state's most popular spots for water recreation. The Sky to Sound water trail map will show outdoor enthusiasts 33 river access points from Possession Sound to the Wild Sky Wilderness, which is part of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest north of U.S. 2. The intent is to increase outdoor use of the Skykomish and bring money into rural communities along it by providing information that makes for easier navigation. “This is a huge economic engine for us,” said Annique Bennett, tourism coordinator for Snohomish County's Office of Economic Development.
REI Shocks Retail World By Closing For Black Friday, Paying 12,000 Employees to 'Opt Outside' 27 October 2015

REI Shocks Retail World By Closing For Black Friday, Paying 12,000 Employees to 'Opt Outside'

Forbes

REI, the Seattle-based outdoor recreation and sporting goods giant, announced today that it is going to close for Black Friday (you read that right) and pay its 12,000 employees to go out and play.  REI is also encouraging other companies to join them in what they describe as a stand against the commercial madness that’s characterized the day after Thanksgiving for at least a decade and a half.

Next Big Tent Coalition Meeting 22 October 2015

Next Big Tent Coalition Meeting

Thursday November 12, 2015

The next meeting of the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition is scheduled for Thursday November 12, 2015, from 10am - 12noon at the Nature Conservancy in Seattle. Agenda highlights include formation of our advocacy committee, membership related policies and 2016 budget. For more information contact info@bigtentcoalition.info.

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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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