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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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Stakeholder Call on Outdoor Recreation in Higher Education

Senator Ranker

As Chair of the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, Senator Ranker is interested in expanding outdoor recreation credentials at higher education institutions in Washington. He has taken note of the efforts of Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry to establish the following degree programs, and he would like to do something similar in Washington.

1. New MBA for Outdoor Recreation Industry at Western State in Gunnison launching this fall
2. MENV (Masters of the Environment) program at University Colorado at Boulder
3. Masters of Adventure Travel Tourism at Colorado State University
4. Ski Area Management program at Colorado Mountain College
5. Trail-building certificate program at Colorado Mountain College

Currently only Eastern Washington University and Central Washington University offer outdoor recreation degrees (see attachments for details on existing programs). As he begins to develop legislation, Senator Ranker would like to hear from industry leaders on what kind of talent pipeline you would benefit from.

Although Senator Ranker will be out of town for the holidays, he would appreciate your time and input on a conference call with staff to discuss potential legislation. Please join us for a call on January 2nd from 1 – 2 pm. Call in details are below and I will follow up with an outlook invite. Please feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues who are interested in this topic.

Phone number: 1-877-820-7831
Passcode: 5727119

Thank you for your consideration. Take care,

Maggie Yuse
Legislative Assistant
Office of Senator Kevin Ranker
(360) 786-7678
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