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

The mission  of the Big Tent  is to promote sustainable, diverse, equitable, and inclusive outdoor experiences in Washington state through advocacy and education.

What we do:  The Big Tent advocates for sustainable state funding for recreation and conservation lands as well as sustainable and equitable development and human interaction with those lands.

Vision:  The Big Tent envisions a Washington where elected leaders, businesses, nonprofits, and residents are working together to create a more inclusive and equitable outdoor experience for all. We want to find ways to use outdoor recreation to fuel economic activity and sustain healthy outcomes in our communities.

#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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The RCFB Unanimously Approves $120M Funding Request for WWRP

Washington Wildlife & Recreation Coalition

The Recreation & Conservation Funding Board (RCFB) unanimously approved a $120 million funding request for the WWRP to be included in the RCO’s budget request to the Governor. The RCFB’s decision mirrors what the Coalition’s Board of Directors had also unanimously resolved to advocate for next session. 

Public To Decide How $2 Million In Grants Will Be Split Among National Parks

Mount Rainier - Longmire Historic District Needs Our Votes!

The Longmire Historic District in Mount Rainier National Park has been selected to participate in Partners in Preservation: National Parks, a program celebrating the 2016 National Park Service Centennial. The program features 20 national parks vying for $2M in preservation grant funding as decided by popular vote through the National Geographic website. Through July 5, the public can vote for up to five parks once a day to receive a share of the funding. The parks with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be awarded grants for historic restoration projects, until the full $2 million is distributed.   Click here to vote!

Colorado Emerging as a National Leader in Developing a Recreational-Based Economy

The Denver Post

The common refrain among businesses along Colorado’s recreation-rich Interstate 70 mountain corridor over the past few years is “record breaking.”  Soaring numbers of visitors are swelling private and public coffers in both summer and winter. Tourist-generated tax revenues are reaching peaks. The recreation season now stretches for almost 12 months with more opportunities for year-round play than ever before. While outdoor recreation has long been an economic keystone in Colorado, it is only now getting recognized as a major economic driver nationwide, with proposed federal legislation aiming to bolster the industry that has long languished at the fiscal kids’ table.

Colorado Establishes First State Public Lands Day in the Nation

Conservation Colorado - May 9, 2016

The Colorado state legislature on Friday night passed a bill establishing the third Saturday in May as a holiday to celebrate, as the bill’s summary states, “the significant contributions that national, state, and local public lands within Colorado make to wildlife, recreation, the economy, and to Coloradans’ quality of life.” The bill passed with bipartisan support, with a 36-29 vote in the House and a 25-8 vote in the Senate. It is now headed to the governor’s desk. “Colorado is a national leader when it comes to conservation issues, and our support for public lands is no exception,” said Scott Braden, Wilderness and Public Lands Advocate at Conservation Colorado. “People come from far and wide to visit our mountains, deserts, forests, and grasslands, and for that they deserve to be celebrated.”

Big Tent Board Meeting

Monday, May 23, 2016 - REI Headquarters in Kent

Just a quick reminder that our next board meeting is scheduled for 10am-12noon on Monday May 23, 2016 at REI headquarters in Kent.  Board meetings are open to the membership, however, due to facility security protocol at REI, if you plan to attend this meeting we require your RSVP to Doug Levy at levy4@msn.com and Brit Kramer at info@bigtentcoalition.info by May 19, 2016 in order to ensure facility access for you.  The most up to date information about the Big Tent board and meeting schedule can be found on our website board page. 

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.

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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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