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The Obama Administration Just Gave The Outdoor Economy A Huge Boost 21 April 2016

The Obama Administration Just Gave The Outdoor Economy A Huge Boost

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell kicked off National Parks Week on Tuesday with a major speech outlining a new vision for a second century of parks conservation. The speech highlighted the problems faced by national parks, including maintenance backlogs, lack of robust funding, climate change, and the rise of an extreme movement to sell off public lands. A major action item from Jewell’s speech was an announcement that the Department of Interior will work with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to do a first-ever study to measure the impact outdoor recreation has on the economy. Despite the major economic powerhouse that outdoor recreation can be for towns, businesses, and communities near public lands, the BEA has not measured or tracked its outputs as it does the outputs of other major sectors of the economy.

Governor Jay Inslee Signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 6227 12 April 2016

Governor Jay Inslee Signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 6227

Thank you to all who worked to modernize and renew the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program!  On March 31st, 2016 Substitute Senate Bill No. 6227, relating to implementing the recommendations of the 2015 review of the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program was signed by Governor Jay Inslee.  See more photos
Quiet Recreation on BLM-Managed Lands: Economic Contribution 2014 6 April 2016

Quiet Recreation on BLM-Managed Lands: Economic Contribution 2014

Quiet activities are worth nearly $2 billion in a single year according to a new study.

Public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the western United States and Alaska provide a wealth of recreational opportunities to visitors. These range from camping, hiking, and hunting to off-highway vehicle use (OHV), boating, and snowmobiling. In this report we distinguish between “quiet” and “non-quiet” recreational activities. We use the term “quiet recreation” to refer to recreation that generally does not involve significant use of motorized equipment—aside from any transportation to-and-from the recreation sites. 
2016 Entrance Fee Free Days 2 April 2016

2016 Entrance Fee Free Days

National Parks Service

Mark your calendar and plan to visit your National Parks on these special days! Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor the National Park Week, April 16-24, and following important dates:

26 March 2016

New $4.6 million ad campaign promotes Utah’s state parks

Fox 13 Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY -- A new ad campaign with Utah parks in the starring role has been unveiled. The $4.6 million campaign has the state hoping more adventurers will flock to Utah to check out more than just the Mighty Five. In the 30 seconds of video, it's clear to see Mother Nature plays favorites with the Beehive State.

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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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