History, Accomplishments & Significant Reports

2019

2018

  • Outdoor Recreation Caucus Formed
  • U.S. Department of Commerce: Report

2017

  • The Outdoor Recreation Economy: by the Outdoor Industry Association, Report
  • State Funding Mechanisms for Outdoor Recreation: Report

2016

  • Big Tent Rally Recap: Press
    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.

2015

  • 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: Report
    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.

2014

  • 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

2012

  • 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.