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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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.

Important information on Grant program changes with the Recreation and Conservation Office

RCO

Dear Recreation, Conservation and Salmon Recovery Partners: First and foremost, we hope you and your family and friends are safe and doing well in these uncertain times.  At RCO, staff made the transition to working from home and are fully operational and ready to continue our role as an exemplary partner, helping to recover salmon and protect habitats and develop special places to play. Grant Project Applications: We are operating in difficult times and we realize that our potential grant applicants may need more time and understanding in completing our grant application process. I would like to take a moment to update you on how we are preparing for, and changing, our grants cycle in light of COVID-19.

“No Child Left Inside” Day Celebration Luncheon at State Capitol

Monday, Feb 17 at noon, JLOB B15/18

OLYMPIA, WA – As part of No Child Left Inside Day, organized by the No Child Left Inside Coalition, more than 25 young people who benefited from outdoor education experiences under Washington’s No Child Left Inside (NCLI) grant program will join state officials and legislators at the State Capitol in Olympia on Monday, February 17 to share their stories and educate policymakers about the impact of the state’s signature outdoor education grant program. 

2020 Legislative Session Preparation - Call For Legislative Proposals

LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT REQUEST FORM

The Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition will take a position of support for legislative policy or funding proposals when there is consensus at the board level that the priority aligns with the mission and strategic goals of the Big Tent Coalition. The Coalition does not endorse candidates for elected or appointed office. To request an endorsement or action from the Big Tent on a relevant public policy issue, please submit the online form with any relevant attachments.

Recreational Assets of Statewide Significance Study

RCO

RCO conducted a study of recreational assets of statewide significance. These are outdoor places that make Washington a great place to live. They include local facilities that support the most popular forms of recreation in our state as well as marque, popular, and destination sites that have a regional or statewide draw. This study identifies these assets, where gaps may exist, and recommendations and investment strategies to fill these gaps. The study also forecasts needs through 2040 and how this study will implement the goals of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation PlanREAD THE STUDY of assets of statewide significance and VIEW MAPS of the foundational assets.

Final Budget Includes $85 million for WWRP!

Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program

The final capital construction budget passed last night includes $85 million in funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s largest public funding source for outdoor community projects. This funding will allow over 100 high-priority conservation and recreation projects to move forward. In an incredibly difficult budget year, with many competing priorities, we are grateful the Legislature made the WWRP a priority in this budget.

8:30 a.m. Friday Policy Calls

+1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 219-922-893

The Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition introduces weekly policy calls to help facilitate communication and information about status of bills impacting outdoor recreation in Washington State.  Join us Fridays at 8:30 a.m. for a quick update about bills. Your questions during the call are welcome!  Facilitated by Doug Levy, Outcomes by Levy. Please join my GoToMeeting from your phone. (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 219-922-893

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.

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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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