WE BELIEVE
OUTDOOR RECREATION
Matters.
WELCOME TO THE BIG TENT
The Umbrella Organization for the voice of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State.

The power of the Big Tent  lies not with any individual or with any shiny advertising or marketing campaigns, but with the combined weight of dozens of organizations and agencies who believe in the collective value of outdoor recreation.

The Outdoor Recreation Economy Generates

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We Represent Outdoor Recreation

The power of the Big Tent lies not with any individual or with any shiny advertising or marketing campaigns, but with the combined weight of dozens of organizations and agencies who believe in the collective value of outdoor recreation.

We are an organic group, with no Executive Director.  We come together periodically, meet on an as-needed basis, and gather each year in Olympia to show policy-makers and opinion leaders that outdoor recreation is a critical sector in Washington, one that brings jobs, revenue, active and healthy living, and tourism to a state blessed with mind-numbing natural beauty.  
 
On this website you will find a statement about who we are and how we came to be; a listing of our current members; contacts; information about how you can join us; meeting announcements; links to press releases and topical articles; and of course some background pictures of the outdoors.
 
We hope you find this site helpful, and that you won’t hesitate to tell us how we can add to it and improve.  It belongs to all of us who marvel at the stunning natural resources which make Washington a special place in which to live, work, and play.  Thanks for stopping by!

Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Industry Tries Innovation, Education To Spur Job Creation

Colorado Matters

When you think of job creators in Colorado the agriculture and tech sectors might come to mind. However, the state's outdoor recreation industry supports 125,000 workers earning $4.2 billion annually. Its economic impact is over $13 billion. This election, both Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have talked extensively about U.S. job security and job creation.  Dan English, CEO and founder of Voormi, a Colorado-based outdoor clothing company, says his company creates jobs in small towns across Colorado. 

Open House to Kick Off Recreation Planning for Teanaway Community Forest

Washington Department of Natural Resources

OLYMPIA – The public is invited to share ideas about the future of recreation in the Teanaway Community Forest at an open house on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Cle Elum. The Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are developing a recreation plan with significant input from the public and a community-based advisory committee. The open house will provide an introduction to the planning process, which was outlined in the agencies’ 2015 management plan for the 50,241-acre forest, located in the Yakima River Basin headwaters. The management plan is available at http://file.dnr.wa.gov/publications/em_tcf_managementplan.pdf.
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