Kaleen Cottingham from the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office joined KGMI’s Tessa McLeod to discuss findings from a 2019 report showing people spend $26.5 billion annually in Washington to enjoy outdoor activities. “Outdoor recreation rivals the aerospace industry in jobs created”, says Cottingham. During the current Covid pandemic, the usage of these spaces has increased substantially and remains a silver lining in a world of social distancing. Make sure to check out recreational opportunities by you and learn more about safety during Covid at the Center for Disease Control website.

The full interview can be heard here.

The Recreation and Conservation Office is a funder and supporter of the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board.