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 2nd, 2020
Highlighting our regional outdoor recreation businesses, lands and opportunities to help people find new ways to get outside and play.
Outdoor Recreation Summit October 9th, 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.
Alliance Gatherings Held regularly in Bellingham/North Sound and Seattle
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
Biketown Movie Documentary Sneak Peek @ February Alliance Gathering 2/13Thursday, February 13th Kulshan Brewery Roosevelt Taproom (aka “K2”) 1538 Kentucky St, Bellingham, WA 98229 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm detailed event schedule below. Facebook Event Our first chance of the year to come together with fellow local outdoor recreation professionals and get the bonus of a SNEAK PREVIEW of the trailer for the documentary... Read More →
Jon Snyder’s OREC Hotlist – January 2020From the desk of Jon Snyder Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee January 2020 DNR state forest policy in the news, collaboration and lawsuits: Multi-agency effort spawns giant forest recreation push Skagit County files lawsuit of timber harvest on state lands Environment groups, logging interests and communities across Washington... Read More →
2019 Recreation Northwest EXPO ExhibitorsTo get a sense of what types of exhibitors you can expect to see, here’s our list from the 2019 Expo. In 2020, we are expanding our footprint and moving outside to be able to offer much more. If you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, go to our EXPO Exhibitor Info page. Download EXPO... Read More →