California residents spend $85.4 billion annually on outdoor recreation, which supports 732,100 California jobs, generates $27 billion in wages and produces $6.7 billion in state and local tax revenues, according to a report by the Outdoor Industry Association.
Nationwide, the report found that Americans spend $646 billion each year on outdoor recreation, which directly supports 6.1 million jobs and generates nearly $80 billion in tax revenue.
"Americans spend almost twice as much on outdoor recreation as they spend on pharmaceuticals each year," OIA Board of Directors Chairman Will Manzer said in a news release. "And outdoor recreation supports more than twice as many jobs as the oil and gas industry."
Nearly 140 million Americans participate in outdoors activities every year.
End of the Trail Half Marathon
Where: Visalia, Mooney Grove Park
This 13.1-mile flat course utilizes park trails and country roads. The run (7:30 a.m.) is worth 20 points in the Valley Runner of the Year series. There's also a 13.1-mile walk at 6:30 a.m. and a 10-kilometer run starting at 8 a.m.
Race day registration is $65 ($45 for the 10K) and does not include parking. Details: proracegroup.com.
News and notes-- Explore recently reopened Camp Pashayan along the San Joaquin River in northwest Fresno on Saturday during a three-hour hiking tour with the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust. Camp Pashayan is at 7695 N. Weber Ave., and there's a $6 parking fee. Meet at 8 a.m. Details: (559)-248-8480, ext. 215.
-- The Central Valley Great Outdoor Expo, featuring national and local vendors in the boating, fishing, golf and RV industries, returns to the Fresno Convention Center April 13-14. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors. Details: cvoutdoorexpo.com.
-- College of the Sequoias community education instructor Tom Lionvale is offering a three-week backpacking class beginning April 9 that concludes with a three-day hike in May. Fees are $100. Register at (559) 737-4884 or call (559) 733-7442 for questions.
-- China Peak and Badger Pass both received about 1 inch of snow from Tuesday night's light storm. Sunny skies are forecast through the weekend. Badger Pass is closing March 31.
-- The San Joaquin River Trail is absolutely glorious right now with green hills and wildflowers. Visit now before it gets too hot.
-- Learn about year-round fly fishing in the Sierra during an April 3 video presentation. Register at rei.com/fresno.