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Big Tent Coal iti 00enef00ts of outd )n touts oor recreation STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty.com Gov. Jay Inslee will join a group of businesses, nonprofit groups and public agencies in Olympia this week to high- light the message that outdoor recre- ation is an economic powerhouse that generates billions of dollars in business and tax revenue throughout the state. Almost three dozen Washington for- profit, nonprofit and government orga- nizations, known as The Big Tent Out- door Coalition, have scheduled several events today, in the lobby of the Natural Resources Building (NRB), 1111 Wash- ington St. SE, to focus on the importance of outdoor recreation. State agency par- ticipants will include the departments of Fish & Wildlife and Natural Resources, the Recreation and Conservation Of- rice, and the State Parks and Recreation Commission. At 11:15 a.m., Inslee, several leg- islators and state agency leaders are scheduled to shre the jr perspectives on the importance of the outdoor recre- ation sector to Washington's economy and quality of life. Inslee is expected to announce an initiative to promote the outdoor recreation and tourism sectors and to get more young people and fami- lies involved in outdoor activities. Other activities will include informa- tional displays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the NRB, where the public and policymalers will have the opportunity to visit with representatives of several recreation groups and ageflcies. Later, coalition members will meet with leg- islators before attending a reception at the Governor's Mansion, hosted by the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC). e Big Tent coalition is commit-:  rl  sing public awhesS:about ! ]e incredible benefits that outdoor reation brings to our state and its mdents, said Doug Levy, a spokes- zan for the coalition who represents tatewide parks, recreation and boat- ]g organizations. "The Outdoor Indus- ry Association last year reported that rashington ranks sixth nationally in he number of outdoor recreation jobs, nd that nearly two-thirds of Washing- nians participate in outdoor recre- tion each yea.'" The study concluded that $22.5 bil- .on is spent annually in Washington on utdoor recreatioh, supporting 227,600 )bs and generating $1.6 billion in state nd local tax revenue. Outdoor advo- ates said the impact is actually greater, ince the study did not include eques- rian, sailing and diving activities, all f which generat, significant economic ctivity in the state. Jobs in the outdoor ecreation sector include outdoor gear nd apparel design and sales, lodging nd transportation, and guiding and utritting services. "We are delighted that Governor In- lee is highlighting the broad business aad social benefits of outdoor recre- .tion. Th e sectqr is among the state's dggest contributers to economic, com- aunity and personal health," said Marc erejka, who directs REI's government ad community engagement. "We look ard to working with the governor others to findways to better sup- the peopl e, communities and en- preneurs who help make Washing- one ofthe bet ates in the country i6 oUtdoor recreation." The recreation economic report and act sheets on each state are available ,n the Outdoor Industry Association's ebsite at  outdoorindustry.org/recre- tioneconomy. for the week of February 13 through February 20, 2014 "The Journal has the best coverage a N advertising value in the area." Mark Champine Crown Auto Sales in Belfair Mason unty a Find the true value of a (360) 42( Belfair Herald Ivertising in the Journal 1-4412 00:ommission approves new policy on Grays Harbor salmon fisheries STAFF REPORT news@masoncounty.com The Washington Fish and Wild- life Commission has approved a new Grays Harbor salmon-management policy designed to conserve wild salm- on runs and clarify catch guidelines for sport and commercial fisheries in the bay. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to set pol- icy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), approved the new policy Feb.8.durig a public meeting in Tumwater. Miranda Wecker, commisszon chair, said the new policy provides clear di- rection to make consefvatiola of wild salmon the first priority for fishery management in the harbor. "Most importantly, this policy sends a strong and unmistakabl signal about the importance of meeting our conservation objectiyes, evefi if that means seriously reining in'both sport and commercial fisheries," Wecker said. "It also represents a air accom- modation for both fisheries when har- vestable numbers of fish are present." The new policy ixcludes irovisions for state-managed fisheries that: Limit the total catch of ild chi- nook salmon to a maximum of 5 per- cent of the adult return -- if estab- lished spawning goals have rlot been met in three out of the previous five years. Prioritize the receationaf fishery in allocating the chinook salmon catch between commercial and recreational users. Allow an increase in tle base allocation of chinook salmon for corn- mercial fisheries in years of high abundance. Structure commercial seasons so that recreational anglers have at least three consecutive days per week to fish when no commercial fisheries take place. Focus commercial fisheries on coho and chum salmon when harvest- able numbers of fish exist. Since October, WDFW has had eight public meetings in Grays Harbor County to encourage public involve- ment in the development of the policy. More than 350 written comments were received on the draft policy during that time. State fishery managers expect to post the final text of the new Grays Harbor Salmon Management Policy on WDFW's website by mid-February. In other business, the commission approved an updated policy for lower Columbia River sturgeon fisheries that includes technical amendments to the version approved in 2011 and extends the policy through 2018. Updates to the policy do not affect the closure of retention fishing for sturgeon below Bonneville Dam due to conservation concerns. That closure remains in effect until further notice. The commission also approved a proposal by WDFW to purchase acres of uplands and tidelands at Lynch Cove in Mason County, wher# the department plans to provide park- ing and access to waterfowl hunting on Hood Canal. The project will also provide a migratory pathway for juve- nile summer chum and chinook salm- on, and preserve habitat for shellfisla, shorebirds and waterfowl. Compiled from WDFW releases. 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