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Tania BricenoFollow

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Oral

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The Value of Recreation and Community in the Salish Sea

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In 2014, approximately $21.6 billion were spent in association with outdoor recreation in Washington State. These expenditures supported about 200,000 jobs that year and fueled many local economies. More importantly, the outdoor recreation economy provides many co-benefits in the form of environmental benefits and general quality of life improvements. This presentation gives an overview of some of the major findings of recent studies conducted by Earth Economics for the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, Washington State Parks, and for Whatcom County. There are more than sixteen different land managers in the state, promoting different types of outdoor recreation opportunities and conserving diverse landscapes that perform important ecological functions. Forests, wetlands, rivers, and urban green spaces all provide different benefits on which communities depend. The ability to be physically active also improves the mental and physical health of Washingtonians. It is critical to measure these co-benefits in order to highlight the economic, social, and environmental importance of these spaces. Moreover, we identify critical factors which act as drivers to increase visitation to outdoor recreation sites. A set of tools are proposed for land managers to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities while moving towards a more sustainable economy.

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http://www.eartheconomics.org/FileLibrary/file/Reports/Earth%20Economics%20Outdoor%20Recreation%20Report%202015%20Final.pdf

http://eartheconomics.org/FileLibrary/file/Reports/EE%20State%20Parks%20FINAL%20FINAL%208%2020%2015.pdf

http://eartheconomics.org/FileLibrary/file/Reports/Economic%20Contribution%20of%20Outdoor%20Recreation%20to%20Whatcom%20County%20-%202015.pdf

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the Economics of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State

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In 2014, approximately $21.6 billion were spent in association with outdoor recreation in Washington State. These expenditures supported about 200,000 jobs that year and fueled many local economies. More importantly, the outdoor recreation economy provides many co-benefits in the form of environmental benefits and general quality of life improvements. This presentation gives an overview of some of the major findings of recent studies conducted by Earth Economics for the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office, Washington State Parks, and for Whatcom County. There are more than sixteen different land managers in the state, promoting different types of outdoor recreation opportunities and conserving diverse landscapes that perform important ecological functions. Forests, wetlands, rivers, and urban green spaces all provide different benefits on which communities depend. The ability to be physically active also improves the mental and physical health of Washingtonians. It is critical to measure these co-benefits in order to highlight the economic, social, and environmental importance of these spaces. Moreover, we identify critical factors which act as drivers to increase visitation to outdoor recreation sites. A set of tools are proposed for land managers to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities while moving towards a more sustainable economy.