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Hiker Headlines: Hiking Helps the Economy, Fire Safety, Hunting Season, Meteors

Posted by Jessi Loerch at Aug 13, 2020 01:46 PM |

It's Aug. 13. A new report show how much outdoor recreation boosts the state's economy. We have a few safety reminders for you this week about fire season and hunting season. It's a great week to go look for shooting stars. And a few Seattle parks need new names and you can help. Here's some news you might have missed while out on trail this week.

It's Aug. 13. A new report shows how much outdoor recreation boosts the state's economy. We have a few safety reminders for you this week about fire season and hunting season. It's a great time to go look for shooting stars. And you can help rename a few Seattle parks. Here's some news you might have missed while out on trail this week. 

A meteor streaks across the sky over mountains and a lake.
This week is a great time to find a bit of dark sky and watch for shooting stars. Photo by Rory McMahon

Hiking is good for the economy: A new report shows the massive contribution that outdoor recreation makes to Washington's economy. Outdoor recreation contributes $40.3 billion in annual economic activity in the state of Washington. This report shows, once again, that trails are a must-have in our state. And highlights the importance of public investment in public lands and trails.

Be fire smart: A fire is burning in the Columbia River Gorge, forcing some residents to evacuate and affecting air quality in the Hood River vicinity. It’s a good reminder to check conditions before you head out — and to be extremely careful about fire safety!

Look up! The Perseid meteor showers are peaking this week. If you can find somewhere dark, it’s well worth the effort to enjoy one of nature’s firework shows.

Wear orange! Or pink! Yes, it’s hard to believe, but it’s already time for hunting season. Bear season has started in Washington and it’s a good time to brush up on safety tips before you head outside in areas where hunting is allowed.

Help pick a name: Seattle is asking for the public’s help to rename six parks along the Duwamish River. Submission will be accepted through the end of the month, and then folks can help pick the names. 


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