New Economic Data for all 435 Congressional Districts 17 April 2018

New Economic Data for all 435 Congressional Districts

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) today released congressional-level Outdoor Recreation Economy reports for all 435 congressional districts. These reports are the first of their kind that captures the power of a vast, multi-billion dollar economic engine in our local communities and across the nation. From Alabama’s 1st Congressional District to Wyoming’s At-large District, these reports show that from rural towns to the most densely populated cities, outdoor recreation is a vital economic force that not only creates billions in spending and millions of good-paying American jobs, but also creates healthier communities, healthier economies and healthier people.
Tell us what you want to fund! 7 April 2018

Tell us what you want to fund!

Washington State Parks Foundation

We have proposals from 10 parks and we need your help selecting grantees via this online poll. Map of park locations at bottom of poll.
3 April 2018

Puget Sound cleanup survives Trump attempt to kill it

The Seattle PI

Puget Sound gets $28 million as part of $8.08 billion in funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Trump administration had wanted to slash EPA's budget to $5.7 billion, in real dollars its lowest spending in 40 years.
29 March 2018

Big wins for people who bike as the 2018 legislative session adjourns

Washington Bikes

Washington Bikes laid out an ambitious legislative agenda at the end of 2017 and we are thrilled to share we experienced success in every category. What this means is: More funding for trails and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, leading to more connected and safe spaces for people who bike. An update to e-bike laws ensuring that there is clarity around this exciting new technology while breaking down bicycling barriers for new and different types of riders. Lastly, further understanding what bicycling can mean to the local economies of Washington state’s trail communities.
13 Huge Wins for Outdoor Recreation 23 March 2018

13 Huge Wins for Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Industry Association

“Three years ago, there was one office; two years ago, there were three offices; and now there are eight offices and a few operating commissions,” says Cailin O’Brien-Feeney, the Outdoor Industry Association’s state and local policy manager. “We’ll see a few more happen this year.” By serving as a leader for interest groups and growing local outdoor recreation economies, state offices of outdoor recreation are turning heads in the industry and beyond.
16 March 2018

WRPA 2018 Legislative Report

Washington Recreation & Park Association

For WRPA, the 2018 Session ended on a high, most notably with the final-week passage of the Fiscal Year 2018 Supplemental Capital Budget (ESSB 6095). The House approved it last Tuesday on a 96-2 vote, and the Senate made it their last Floor action of the Session, approving it 49-0. It includes a historic level of funding for the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Act (ALEA) and an important outdoor recreation proviso.
Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition Meets March 22 15 March 2018

Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition Meets March 22

Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

The next meeting of the Big Tent will be Thursday March 22, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the board room of the headquarters of Seattle Southside Tourism, located at 3100 S 176th St, SeaTac, WA 98188.
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February 2018: A federal government analysis of outdoor recreation's economic impact reaffirms what many conservation groups have said for decades.  Outdoor recreation is big business. For the first time ever the U.S. Department of Commerce looked specifically at the economic impact of outdoor recreation and found that it contributed $373.7 billion to the nation's Gross Domestic Product in 2016, comprising 2 percent of the GDP.  See Report


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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