Bringing the outdoor recreation community together to learn from each other, raise the profile of this key sector of our economy and advocate for the value of outdoor recreation and our public lands at the state and local level.
Bringing the Outdoor Community Together:
Outdoor Recreation Summit
Building on momentum at the state and national level we are bringing Recreation Industry Professionals – retailers, manufacturers, tourism promoters, land managers and stewardship organizations – together to explore and share ways to grow and promote Washington State’s flourishing recreation economy.
Recreation Northwest EXPO
Highlighting our regional outdoor recreation businesses, lands and opportunities to help people find new ways to get outside and play.
Bringing together outdoor recreation business owners & employees for networking and conversation.
Recreation Economy Studies
Washington Recreation and Conservation Office Study, 2015:
Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation in Washington Fact Sheet
Economic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation in Washington
In 2015, Recreation Northwest released The Economic Contribution of Outdoor Recreation to Whatcom County. This is the first study of it’s kind for Whatcom County and we are excited to highlight the impact of outdoor recreation. The study was done by Earth Economics, in Tacoma and funded by Whatcom County, City of Bellingham, Port of Bellingham and Bellingham Whatcom Tourism.
Outdoor recreation an important part of why people choose to live in Whatcom County, it is a foundation of our local economy.
Economic Contribution of Outdoor Recreation to Whatcom County
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Recreation Economy posts from our blog, The Confluence
Next Bellingham Basecamp Social, November 13th at Boundary Bay BreweryAs part of our mission to bring people together in the outdoor recreation industry, we host Basecamp Social events to provide a venue for folks to make new connections and deepen existing relationships. Basecamp Social – Bellingham Tuesday, November 13th – Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, WA 5:00pm – 6:30pm We’ll be in the back of the... Read More →
Washington State Outdoor Recreation Report – Outdoor Industry AssociationThe Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is “a force for the industry in recreation and trade policy, sustainable business innovation and increasing outdoor participation” on a national level. We are proud to be working in the same space of Recreation Economy advocacy here in Whatcom County and Washington State. Below is the information they publish about the... Read More →
Recreation Economy Round Up – August 2018Here’s a re-cap of some of the noteworthy recreation economy stories from the past month. City enters agreement to secure recreational use of Galbraith Mountain City, Whatcom Land Trust, and Galbraith Tree Farm reach purchase and sale agreement Washington joins 8-state pact to champion outdoor recreation Washington was one of eight states on Wednesday to... Read More →