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

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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!

 

Big Tent Membership Renewal Invitation

January-December 2019

Hello to all Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition members! Thank you for your participation to-date in the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition! In a short amount of time, your organization has had tremendous results and we are just getting started. As we look ahead to 2019, the Coalition’s priorities are in place and we are ready for the Legislature to get back in session on January 14. You can bet that our board members will be there throughout the intricacies of their budget process, popping our head up from time to time to remind them of our $20 billion sector.

Governor Inslee's Budget Includes Record $115 Million for WWRP

Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program

Governor Inslee released his budget, which includes $115 million in funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP). His proposal is a huge step toward meeting the outdoor recreation and conservation needs of our growing state. The WWRP, funded through the capital construction budget, is the state’s premier grant program for habitat conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities. The program has played a significant role in our state’s landscape and quality of life, investing over $1.4 billion into state and local parks, trails, wildlife habitat, working lands, and other community priorities across the state.

Oregon - 2017 Athletic & Outdoor Annual Report

In the context of this unprecedented opportunity and change, this report has three aims: One, to provide an update on the industry’s remarkable growth since the recession’s end. Two, to engage the industry in a dialogue that could lead to strategies and initiatives that could further strengthen its position. Three, to identify opportunities for public and private collaboration to leverage the state’s competitive advantage
as the global A&O hub.  See Report & learn more at www.aoportland.com

About WIKI Recreation

wikirecreation.com

Did you know there are over 6000 state parks in America? That is just the state parks... not to mention the thousands of campgrounds and places to take your family on a relaxing vacation with all kinds of things to do, from fishing, to white water rafting or even the closest place to hunt wild game.  Just a little frustrated having to search for all kinds of things and not finding what you want?  Well, now you have a choice.  A true search engine for the recreation industry.  Do you want to spend 3 days searching all the search engines? or do you want to come to the search engine that is all about outdoor recreational activities. From the beauty of Mount Rainier in spectacular Washington State with its hiking trails, to Palo Doro in Texas, the second largest canyon in the country spanning 120 miles long and 800 feet deep to the Atlanta ocean and mountains of North Carolina, the back country of Moab Utah, or the beaches of Florida, WIKI Recreation will make it our goal to bring you the best information we can find.

 

“It’s a special place”: New plan for Teanaway aims to put more community in state's only community forest

Outdoor Recreation

The Teanaway Community Forest holds a special place for many outdoors enthusiasts in central Washington and throughout the state. Its popularity among many different interest groups created the need for a new management plan specifically geared towards recreation, one of five goals in 2015’s strategic management plan. Extensive research and outreach to various groups as well as an active community led the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to a proposed 15-year effort aimed at enhancing the 50,241 acres of state-owned forest and ensuring sustainability for years to come.

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