State Recreation and Conservation Plan
The 2023 Recreation and Conservation Plan outlines the strategic direction for State investments in the development of outdoor recreation opportunities and the conservation of public lands.
Outdoor Recreation Inventory: This map and dashboard includes information on more than 23,000 outdoor recreation areas, facilities, trails, and water access sites. It is used to understand the quantity and distribution of key outdoor recreation opportunities across the state. The dashboard also includes a service area analysis for outdoor recreation opportunities, such as accessing a local park or trail.
State Land Acquisition and Development Strategy
In 2015, the Washington State Legislature directed RCO to review the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. One recommendation of the review was for state agencies to develop a coordinated, statewide, conservation and outdoor recreation strategy that outlines state agency priorities for acquisitions and development. The Habitat and Recreation Lands Coordinating Group worked with the agencies to develop such a plan.
Public Lands Inventory
This interactive map and dashboard shows all recreation and conservation lands owned by cities, counties, and state and federal agencies. A secondary map displays state-owned lands by use (recreation, habitat, conservation, revenue generation).
In Lieu of Taxes
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
Physical Activity Task Force
In its 2021-2023 budget, the Legislature created a task force and charged it with addressing inequities in youth physical activity in the state. The primary objective of the task force was to discuss the ways shared-use agreements between parks and recreation departments, school districts, community-based organizations, and other public and private entities could increase youth and family physical activity.