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History, Accomplishments & Significant Reports
August 4, 2020 | Great American Outdoors Act signed into law:
July 30, 2020 | Update on the Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State:
Building off an analysis conducted in 2015, this report estimates that outdoor recreation in Washington supports $26.5 billion in annual expenditures. This spending goes on to support 264,000 jobs throughout Washington.
September 30, 2019 | Recreational Assets of Statewide Significance Study: By the Recreation and Conservation Office,
March 14, 2019 Legislative Reception
Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition:
Outdoor Recreation Caucus Formed
U.S. Department of Commerce:
The Outdoor Recreation Economy: by the Outdoor Industry Association,
Washington State Report
State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation:
Big Tent Rally Recap:
The average person in Washington state spends about 56 days a year recreating outdoors on 23 million acres of public land. Not only does outdoor recreation bring an impressive amount of money to Washington’s economy, it also generates more jobs than information technology and the aerospace job markets; two large industries that also contribute to the state’s financial landscape.
Created a new dedicated position in the Governor's office for the Outdoor Recreation Sector
Established a cross agency outdoor recreation coordinating council.
$1 million to fund "No Child Left Inside."
$10 million to fund Youth Athletic Fields (YAF) grant program.
Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State:
This study, completed by the Recreation & 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.
Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation Established
Outdoor Industry - First Report
Incorporated and formed the Coalition and received official non-profit, 501(c)(6) status
The Big Tent was established September 7, 2012, in the Tacoma program center of The Mountaineers, with 25-30 representatives from outdoor recreation organizations, environmental organizations, and lands and conservancy groups.