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Mon., June 9, 2014, 7:03 a.m.

State recreation panel meets in Spokane

Mountain bikers need special skills for trails tricked out with gravel, obstacles and switchbacks. (Rich Landers)
Mountain bikers need special skills for trails tricked out with gravel, obstacles and switchbacks. (Rich Landers)

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- Gov. Jay Inslee’s new Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation will meet Tuesday in Spokane as part of a summer-long effort to develop a plan for encouraging outdoor recreation and boosting related jobs and businesses.

The session is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room 205, Nursing Building, WSU Riverpoint Campus, 103 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

A public comment period at the meeting will start at 11:50 a.m., but the public is invited to submit ideas online throughout the summer.

Inslee said he's focusing attention on outdoor recreation because it directly supports 227,000 jobs in Washington and generates more than $22 billion in annual spending on things like equipment, lodging and apparel.

The 28-member task force, which has been meeting since April, plans to complete its work by September 19.

Subcommittees will be reporting on four topics: meeting future recreational needs, getting more people outdoors, economic development and the state’s role in providing outdoor recreation.

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The task force is asking new questions each week about different recreation issues. Last week, the task force asked who participates less frequently in outdoor recreation in Washington and why?

A poll about funding for parks is asking:

The task force includes 16 voting members who are citizens involved in outdoor recreation and recreation-related businesses, 8 state agency representatives and 4 legislators.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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