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 Big Tent engages Washington leaders to view outdoor recreation as a sector, one which has catalyzed the economy in every nook and cranny of the state while contributing to active and healthy living choices for our citizens.

#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. [ LEARN MORE ]


 

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Washington’s Hoch Earns Parks Honor

OutdoorsNW

The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration inducted Washington State Parks Director Don Hoch at the annual meeting of the National Recreation and Parks Association Conference in Indianapolis. “It’s very humbling and an honor to be included in this prestigious organization, which is dedicated to advancing the parks and recreation profession and mentoring up-and-coming park administrators,” Hoch said. “I look forward to working with members who have national and international reputations to promote a broader understanding of the importance of parks and recreation.”

WASHINGTON INITIATIVE 1631 – THE PROTECT WASHINGTON ACT

Outdoor Industry Association News

Washington Initiative 1631 (I-1631), the Protect Washington Act, aims to transition the Washington economy to a renewable energy future that invests in and supports clean energy, the outdoors, and local communities and economies across the state by implementing a carbon fee on some of the state’s biggest polluters. It would invest directly in healthy forests and waters across the state as a means for carbon sequestration and to build resiliency in outdoor places to impacts of climate change like wildfires, flooding, and drought. The inclusion of I-1631 on the ballot this November follows a multi-year effort to implement a carbon fee in Washington state, which included a ballot initiative that failed in 2016 and OIA-supported legislation that did not progress this past session. I-1631 is the most united the effort has been in supporting a carbon fee measure and has the backing of a wide range of businesses, business groups, local communities and community groups, NGOs, nonprofits, and others.

EarthLab Presents the 2018 Doug Walker Lecture with Richard Louv

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

Join University of Washington’s EarthLab for an evening with our 2018 Doug Walker Lecturer, Richard Louv. A journalist and the author of nine books, including “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,”The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Nature in a Virtual World” and “Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life,” Louv will discuss the central role nature plays in human health and well-being at every age and stage of life.

Outdoor Recreation A Large And Growing Percentage Of U.S. Economy

SBGMedia

Outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), according to the final report by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on the outputs from outdoor recreation. The final report also found that outdoor recreation contributes over $734 billion to total U.S. gross output, which is the total value of domestic goods and service produced by an industry.

 

California governor vetoes bill to create Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

SNEWS

California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill yesterday that would have created the Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation, despite overwhelming bipartisan support. His signing of AB 1918 would have made California the 12th state with an official office or task force to support outdoor recreation, which accounts for $92 billion in consumer spending and 691,000 jobs throughout the state—the country's largest rec economy.

Evaluating Economic Implications of Recreation in National Forests

USDA

The attached publication, Science Findings, is from the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station a part of the Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6).  This edition is of interest to those of us involved in outdoor recreation as it summarizes a study done to evaluating the economic implications of outdoor recreation on National Forest Lands, nationally as well as in Washington and Oregon. If you haven’t already read this edition it is worth your time to read.

California creates Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation

SNEWS

With an outdoor recreation economy of $92 billion, the state joins seven others with offices of outdoor recreation. Beaches, mountains, desert, plains, forests—California has it all and is well-known as a western playground for all types of adventure.

Connelly: Endangered species -- 'green' Republican -- spotted at ocean

Seattle PI

The Republican conservationist, a species plentiful a century ago in the era of Theodore Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, has fallen in danger of extinction. Worthy of note, then, is a confirmed recent sighting on ocean beaches of Olympic National Park. As the Trump Administration prepared to roll out its "dirty power plan," and give new life to old polluting coal plants, 2016 Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant was leading a three-day walk to protect park beaches.

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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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