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.

Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

View the 2020 Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State for details

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#RecreateResponsibly to Protect Yourself, Others, and the Outdoors

During this public health crisis, spending time in outdoor spaces has become even more important for many Americans. Yet these unusual circumstances mean that all of us, from seasoned outdoor enthusiasts to families heading out to their local park for the first time, could use a little guidance about how to stay safe. The Recreate Responsibly guidelines offer a starting point for getting outside to keep yourself healthy and to maintain access to our parks, trails, and beaches.

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May 2020 Outdoor Rec Hotlist and Planning + Grant Opportunities

By Jon Snyder, Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee

View Jon's comprehensive monthly round-up of interesting Washington state outdoor recreation news including coronavirus resources; May hotlist; outdoor business news; Governor news; hunting and fishing news; trails; grants and more.

President's Letter

Peter Schrappen, CAE

You know this paragraph by heart, “The possibility of a worldwide influenza pandemic in the near future is of growing concern for many countries around the globe. The World Bank estimates that a global influenza pandemic would cost the world economy $800 billion and kill tens-of-millions of people. Researchers at the CDC calculate that deaths in the United States could reach 207,000 and the initial cost to the economy could approach $166 billion, or roughly 1.5 percent of the GDP.” Yes, Peter, old news. As my twelve-year old would say, “Tell me something I don’t know.” By now, everyone knows about the devastation of COVID-19. What if I told you that above wording is from the 2007 report “Economic Effects of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic: Implications for a Modern-Day Pandemic” (LINK) and to pull it up would involved a straightforward “1918 flu economic impact” search?

Responsible Recreation Guidelines

Recreation to open May 5

Are you looking forward to May 5?  We are too.  We are hoping you will share this message with others who may be interested in news of opening of fishing, hunting and recreational lands. Governor Jay Inslee, Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, and Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz recently provided a COVID-19 update, including announcing plans to partially reopen some fishing, hunting, and outdoor recreation opportunities in Washington starting Tuesday, May 5.

Inslee press conference on COVID-19 Monday in Olympia

Gov. Jay Inslee will address media Monday via streaming video and telephone to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 response. The governor will be joined by Hilary Franz, commissioner of public lands, Kelly Susewind, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Don Hoch, director of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Monday, April 27 2:30 PM - Press conference on COVID-19. The press conference will be livestreamed by TVW.  PROCLAMATION: ADJUSTING STAY HOME -STAY HEALTHY

Conference is in regards to:

  • Recreational hunting, fishing, and boating
  • Outdoor exercise, including hiking, running, walking and biking
  • Golfing
  • Day use activities on public parks and public lands

Why States are Prioritizing Recreation as the New Economy

Mountain Flyer: The Mountain Bike Journal

Outdoor recreation is increasingly viewed as a viable industry for jobs and economic growth. According to a Bureau of Economic Analysis study released in September 2019, the U.S. outdoor recreation economy accounted for 2.2 percent ($427.2 billion) of current-dollar gross domestic product in 2017. Inflation-adjusted GDP for the outdoor recreation economy grew by 3.9 percent in that year, faster than the 2.4 percent growth of the overall U.S. economy. Many citizens, business owners and state leaders are creating working groups, nonprofits and state departments to champion this emerging industry, including 14 states with established, formal offices and two with governor-charged task forces. Over the following pages, representatives from three states discuss why and how they’re supporting this fast-growing economy.

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