Investing in Washington's Great Outdoors

688

Trail Development Projects

2,005

Parks Created and Improved

12,117

Acres of Farmland Preserved

499

Miles of Stream Habitat Protected

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Impact since 1967
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News and Events

Outdoor Recreation Generates Big Money in Washington

OLYMPIA–People spend $26.5 billion annually in Washington to enjoy their favorite outdoor activity, according to a report released today. The report, Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State, found that residents and tourists spend $18.8 billion annually on outdoor recreation trips, including trips to local, state and national parks. In addition, they spend $7.7 […]

July 30, 2020Read More

State Launches New Grant Program to Conserve Community Forests

OLYMPIA–Communities wanting to conserve forestlands now have a state grant program to help, the Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. Beginning September 1, communities can apply for grants of up to $3 million in the newly created Community Forests Program. The grants must be used to buy at least 5 acres of forestland and the […]

July 29, 2020Read More

Public Asked to Check Trees for Invasive Species in August

Olympia—Throughout August, the Washington Invasive Species Council and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are asking the public to take 10 minutes to check trees in their communities for invasive insects. August is the peak time of year that wood-boring insects are most often spotted outside of trees. “State and federal agencies do a […]

July 27, 2020Read More
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Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State

State Recreation and Conservation Plan

State of Salmon in Watersheds

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