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17 August 2017

How to Improve Outdoor Recreation In Washington State

The William D. Ruckelshaus Center

Public land management agencies in Washington State are working with Washington State University to identify opportunities to simplify the State’s recreation pass and permit system, help increase access to our public outdoor recreation lands, and find ways to ensure our public lands are adequately funded. To understand these issues, Washington State University is conducting a survey of Washington residents to understand your outdoor recreation activities on public lands, and your perspectives on the current pass and permit system and funding of public lands. Your responses to this brief survey (approximately 10-15 minutes) will remain confidential and help us develop informed recommendations on how to improve our state’s recreation pass and permit system. If you have any issues accessing or completing the survey, please contact Season Hoard, the survey coordinator, at (509) 335-4093 or hoardsa@wsu.edu.
9 August 2017

State Seeks Comment on Outdoor Recreation Plan

RECREATION AND CONSERVATION OFFICE

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board wants to know what you think the priorities should be for outdoor recreation.  The board has a draft statewide recreation and conservation plan that is meant to be a guide for decision-makers when they prioritize recreation and conservation efforts for the next 5 years.
New Statewide Collaborative Focuses On Vermont's Outdoor Recreation Economy 7 August 2017

New Statewide Collaborative Focuses On Vermont's Outdoor Recreation Economy

VPR - Vermont's News Source

Up until now the outdoor recreation businesses in Vermont have not had a statewide advocacy group.  Governor Phil Scott signed and executive order creating a collaborative to support the industry.
27 July 2017

Wyden, Bishop Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Access to Outdoor Recreation Opportunities

Washington, D.C.

Legislation has been introduced in the Senate and House to remove barriers to outdoor recreation and boost rural economies across the country.
Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow in Washington 24 July 2017

Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow in Washington

WA Governor's Office

National trade association calculates $26.2 billion in statewide annual economic report.  Washington's natural splendor plays a major role in its economy, generating an annual $7.6 billion in wages and salaries and $2.3 billion in state and local tax revenue through outdoor recreation, according to the Outdoor Industry Association. 
20 July 2017

Simplicity, Consistency, and Equity in Recreation Fee Systems in Washington Mid-Project Update

The William Ruckelshaus Center

Nearly 40% of the state is primarily managed by nine agencies.  In recent decades, these agencies have instituted various user-based fees.  Currently more than 20 unique recreation passes and permits are available in Washington.  The myriad of pass permutations results in public land users who are uncertain about what pass is needed where, when and why.  View the mid-project report to learn status of how these challenges are being addressed.
Olympia Beer Hosts Once-in-a-lifetime Eclipse Viewing Campout 11 July 2017

Olympia Beer Hosts Once-in-a-lifetime Eclipse Viewing Campout

Imperial Stock Ranch, Shaniko OR

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse in nearly 38 years. To celebrate this historic event, Olympia Beer (Big Tent member), has organized a VIP Eclipse Viewing Campout at the remote Imperial Stock Ranch, located within the path of totality near Shaniko, Oregon.  Located at 3,000' in elevation, the site has expansive views in all directions with views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson.  Proceeds from the event silent auction will benefit two local causes, one of which is the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition.
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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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