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!

Simplicity, Consistency, and Equity in Recreation Fee Systems in Washington Mid-Project Update

The William Ruckelshaus Center

Nearly 40% of the state is primarily managed by nine agencies.  In recent decades, these agencies have instituted various user-based fees.  Currently more than 20 unique recreation passes and permits are available in Washington.  The myriad of pass permutations results in public land users who are uncertain about what pass is needed where, when and why.  View the mid-project report to learn status of how these challenges are being addressed.

Olympia Beer Hosts Once-in-a-lifetime Eclipse Viewing Campout

Imperial Stock Ranch, Shaniko OR

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the United States will experience its first total solar eclipse in nearly 38 years. To celebrate this historic event, Olympia Beer (Big Tent member), has organized a VIP Eclipse Viewing Campout at the remote Imperial Stock Ranch, located within the path of totality near Shaniko, Oregon.  Located at 3,000' in elevation, the site has expansive views in all directions with views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson.  Proceeds from the event silent auction will benefit two local causes, one of which is the Big Tent Outdoor Recreation Coalition.

2 Things Outdoor Research Wants the Industry To Remember As We Move The Trade Show from Utah

Outdoor Retailer

In his statement yesterday, Outdoor Retailer's Dan Nordstrom delivered yet another example of our industry leaders' reasoned and thoughtfully diplomatic approach to what has become a passion-fueled issue.

Read Dan Nordstrom’s statement: On the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show and Public Lands

Nordstrom’s statement underscored several important points that have—at times—been drowned out by the media surrounding the trade show. Here are two of the most salient:

  • “It’s time for EVERYONE involved in the outdoor movement—brands, dealers, customers, non-profits, ALL of us—to come together and become a true political force. It’s so much bigger than the trade show. With this Congress every one of the historic victories that created the legacy of public land we all love so much could be gone in a few months, taking us backward half a century.”

 

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