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 May 2020
Highlighting our regional outdoor recreation businesses, lands and opportunities to help people find new ways to get outside and play.
Outdoor Recreation Summit November 2020
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
Jon Snyder’s OREC Hotlist – August 2019From the desk of Jon Snyder Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee August 2019 Climate change is the public-health challenge of this century State Invests $126 Million in Grants to Expand Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Preserve Habitat and Working Farms and Forests Hatchery movie misguided, inaccurate Roads, Trails &... Read More →
Jon Snyder’s OREC Hotlist – July 2019From the desk of Jon Snyder Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee July 2019 Costs to maintain state parks could skyrocket by billions State Court sides with river advocates on minimum flows and recreation What the outdoor rec industry doesn’t get about Pride Month Washington’s roads are becoming increasingly... Read More →
Elsworth joins Board of Directors for Big Tent Outdoor Recreation CoalitionOn Friday, June 28th, Todd Elsworth attended his first Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition meeting at their annual Board Retreat in Port Townsend, WA. as a board member. “I was honored to sit at the table with fellow leaders in Washington State’s outdoor recreation landscape,” Elsworth reflects. Elsworth will serve a 2 year term from... Read More →