lunch in the pasaytenThe National Park Service has launched a campaign to renew interest in the splendor of our country’s natural beauty. Celebrating its centennial the Park Service and the National Parks Foundation are reaching out to a younger and more diverse demographic through a campaign called “Find Your Park”.  Washington State based REI has joined the effort as the “Official Outdoor Retailer” for the celebration.  REI was created by Northwesterners with a mission to “help connect people to the outdoors and protect the natural places we love”.  The company has a legacy of donating millions of dollars to support conservation efforts nationwide. Read more about the Parks campaign in The Seattle Times.

What began as a group of 23 mountain climbing buddies over 70 years ago is now the nation’s largest consumer cooperative with active membership currently topping 5.5 million. Along with outdoor gear, the company’s success has broadened to include outdoor classes and award winning adventure trips.  Read more about REI in The Seattle Times.

Washington State has 50,000 miles of rivers and streams, 7,800 lakes, 13 national parks and 186 state parks, wildlife preserves and wilderness areas. With all this abundant natural beauty, our exceptional quality of life and commitment to conservation, it is not surprising so many companies are able to attract top quality employees and build their business success right here in the Northwest.