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

#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

CORONAVIRUS resources:

All the latest updates: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/


  1. State Outdoor Recreation Opening
    1. State recreation lands to reopen May 5 – local day-use only

    2. Anglers hit the water as fishing opens

    3. Olympic National Park to begin phased-in reopening next week

    4. Local officials: Reopening should be taken slowly

    5. Some recreation will be allowed to reopen May 5th

    6. Crawford State Park and Gardner Cave remain closed among 31 others

    7. When will we reach next phase of reopening? Great question.

    8. WA moves to reopen: Not so much here

  2. As Washington state slowly reopens, dark clouds hover over budget

  3. Social distancing and the outdoors:

    1. The danger of ending social distancing too early

    2. Social distancing survival guide

    3. Why Tri-Cities is doing worse on social distancing. Warm weather doesn’t help

    4. Ideas Roll in for Combating "Dangerous Crowding" on Seattle's Trails and Sidewalks

    5. Sunny holiday weekend causes concerns (link not available)

  4. Concerns about too much travel to rural areas:

    1. Olympic National Park closes beaches, coastal areas

    2. Fear and apprehension in Pacific County

    3. Dingler tells possible visitors, ‘Now is not the time’

    4. Fleeing Seattle affluent urbanites head to vacation homes worrying some year-rounders

  5. Bicycling Booms During Lockdown—But There's A Warning From History

WA outdoor business news:

Governor news:

Hunting and Fishing news:


Additional news:


None this month.


LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/  


Jon Snyder
Outdoor recreation and Economic Development
Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee
Office: 360-902-0488   Mobile: 360-584-3804

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Washington State's Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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