Washington state lawmakers have new information that might influence future environmental preservation legislation.
A study released today concludes the economic benefits of outdoor recreation in Washington exceed $21 billion a year.
It finds the average Washingtonian spends 56 days a year in outdoor recreation activities. That includes things like camping, golfing, biking, fishing and boating.
It calculated the value of everything associated with those activities -- from equipment to food and gas, to the cost of the land used for the activities.