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:
Recreation Northwest EXPO Saturday, February 23rd
Highlighting our regional outdoor recreation businesses, lands and opportunities to help people find new ways to get outside and play.
Outdoor Recreation Summit Tuesday, March 19th
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.
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
RIGHT NOW: Tell your legislators to fund vital outdoor recreation and conservation projects in your community!We are proud to share this CALL TO ACTION on behalf of our partners at Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition. Tell your legislators to fund vital outdoor recreation and conservation projects in your community! Right now, the Washington State Legislature is in the midst of important budget negotiations, the outcome of which will impact the future... Read More →
Jon Snyder’s OREC Hotlist – March 2019From the desk of Jon Snyder Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee March 2019 MID-SESSION LEGISLATURE UPDATE: These bills have either passed the chamber of origin or could do so this week: 1028: Off-road vehicles/local gov, 1092: Metro parks commissioners, 1436: Snow bikes, 1516: DFW dog training, 1699: De-annexation... Read More →
Recreation Northwest Gear for Sale at the Expo this SaturdayYou asked for it and we’re happy to deliver! We will have Recreation Northwest Gear available FOR SALE at our Recreation Northwest Expo this Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven. Patches $3 Dad Hats & Trucker Caps $20 eqpd Last Bags $50