Two studies released by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) on January 9, 2020 discovered Washington trails contribute more than $8.2 billion to the state’s economy. These studies, done in collaboration with Washington Trails Association, Washington Bikes, and the University of Washington, look at the economic, environmental, social and health benefits of trails.
The first study, Economic, Environmental, & Social Benefits of Recreational Trails in Washington State, estimated trail-based activities improved health and reduced medical costs by more than $390 million a year for Washington residents and trails supported 81,000 jobs annually.
The second study, Health Benefits of Contact with Nature, focused on the health benefits associated with trails and other outdoor activities.
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