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Outdoor Recreation Economy Continues to Grow in Washington

Last July, the Outdoor Industry Association published a significant report that revealed that outdoor recreation in Washington State generates 26.2 billion dollars in annual spending. “These numbers show that when we invest in public land, the payoff comes not only in the form of a better environment and quality of life, but in great jobs,” says Governor Jay Inslee. “Love of the outdoors is something that unites the state of Washington.” In a nutshell, 72% of Washington residents participate in outdoor recreation each year. At 7.6 billion in wages and salaries, outdoor recreation easily surpasses computer technology and construction at 6.7 billion and 6.4 billion respectively. It’s now one of the most powerful economic sectors in the economy. Download the full report at Outdoorindustry.org/state/Washington. //

About Jon Jonckers

Best known as a Senior Writer for Out There Monthly magazine, Jon Jonckers serves on the Board for the Friends of the Centennial Trail and is also an Assistant Cross Country Coach at Shadle Park High School. With a busy wife and two active children, he doesn’t have a lot of spare time, but he does enjoy shooting photos across the Northwest, and his pictures have been published in several national running and climbing magazines.