WE BELIEVE
OUTDOOR RECREATION
Matters.
WELCOME TO THE BIG TENT
The Umbrella Organization for the voice of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State.

The power of the Big Tent  lies not with any individual or with any shiny advertising or marketing campaigns, but with the combined weight of dozens of organizations and agencies who believe in the collective value of outdoor recreation.

The Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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We Represent Outdoor Recreation

The power of the Big Tent lies not with any individual or with any shiny advertising or marketing campaigns, but with the combined weight of dozens of organizations and agencies who believe in the collective value of outdoor recreation.

We are an organic group, with no Executive Director.  We come together periodically, meet on an as-needed basis, and gather each year in Olympia to show policy-makers and opinion leaders that outdoor recreation is a critical sector in Washington, one that brings jobs, revenue, active and healthy living, and tourism to a state blessed with mind-numbing natural beauty.  
 
On this website you will find a statement about who we are and how we came to be; a listing of our current members; contacts; information about how you can join us; meeting announcements; links to press releases and topical articles; and of course some background pictures of the outdoors.
 
We hope you find this site helpful, and that you won’t hesitate to tell us how we can add to it and improve.  It belongs to all of us who marvel at the stunning natural resources which make Washington a special place in which to live, work, and play.  Thanks for stopping by!

U.S. Federal Government To Quantify Value Of Outdoors Economy

Secretary Jewell with Susan Goldberg of National Geographic; photo U.S. Dept. of the Interior

The Government’s comprehensive plan could pave the way for increased political leverage and funding for outdoor activities, brands, and destinations. In a speech to the National Geographic Society on Tuesday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the federal government will fund a feasibility study by the Department of Commerce (DOC) and Federal Recreation Council to measure the economic value of outdoor recreation at both national and regional levels.

Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Appoints New Executive Director

WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, which brings together more than 280 nonprofit and corporate partners, announced the appointment of Andrea McNamara Doyle as its new Executive Director. Andrea joins the Coalition after serving as its Interim Executive Director since mid-November. “We’re thrilled to announce Andrea McNamara Doyle as our new Executive Director,” said Joe Mentor, Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Chair. “The Board recognized the great work Andrea has already done as Interim Director and agrees that she is the right person to help the Coalition move forward successfully for the future. Her enthusiasm and ability to bring together our broad coalition of independent organizations has been truly remarkable.”

The Obama Administration Just Gave The Outdoor Economy A Huge Boost

Climate

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell kicked off National Parks Week on Tuesday with a major speech outlining a new vision for a second century of parks conservation. The speech highlighted the problems faced by national parks, including maintenance backlogs, lack of robust funding, climate change, and the rise of an extreme movement to sell off public lands. A major action item from Jewell’s speech was an announcement that the Department of Interior will work with the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) to do a first-ever study to measure the impact outdoor recreation has on the economy. Despite the major economic powerhouse that outdoor recreation can be for towns, businesses, and communities near public lands, the BEA has not measured or tracked its outputs as it does the outputs of other major sectors of the economy.

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. 
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