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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.

Information about National Efforts in Outdoor Recreation 25 March 2016

Information about National Efforts in Outdoor Recreation

Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition News

We wanted to make you aware of two bills working its way through the federal process that directly relate to our mission - The first is intended to increase access to outdoor recreation. The second would require the Secretary of Commerce to conduct an assessment and analysis of outdoor recreation to the nation's economy. 

State Shifts Spending Focus From Park Buying To Park Fixing 16 March 2016

State Shifts Spending Focus From Park Buying To Park Fixing

Kitsap Sun

The state's largest fund for parks and conservation areas is being reshaped to put more money into fixing up existing parks and less money into buying new ones.

A bill passed by the Legislature last week offers several concessions to critics of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, which distributes tens of millions of dollars to purchase and improve public lands for outdoor recreation, habitat conservation and farming.
Recreation Business Activities Could be Coming to Local State Parks 15 March 2016

Recreation Business Activities Could be Coming to Local State Parks

KXRO.com

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced three public meeting workshops, including one in Grays Harbor, relating to the establishment of Recreation Business Activity (RBA) zones in state parks.

Recreation Business Activity zones are areas for potential development of park visitor amenities such as cabins or food service, by private business or other outside entities.

Washington State Parks says the purpose of the zones is not to privatize the park system, but rather to provide park visitor amenities that are beyond State Parks’ financial capacity, while generating lease revenue to help operate the park system.

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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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