The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), a state funded grant program that benefits parks, open space, and farmland will bring 5 million dollars to Mason County. State legislators passed the capital construction budget, which included $65 million for the WWRP. This will fund 86 projects across the state, creating and improving local parks and trails, protecting working farms, and preserving wildlife habitat.
In addition to providing funding for these critical projects, the legislature also maintained the WWRP’s integrity, continuing to fund projects using a merit based ranking system that has made the WWRP a successful and nationally recognized program.
State Parks will use the WWRP grant fund to provide beach access, hiking, kayaking and picnicking for the public at Fudge Point ($2,540,000)
Kennedy Creek Natural Area
With the WWRP grant, the Department of Natural Resources will protect bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and fish habitat ($973,087).
Mason County Recreation Area Infield Renovation
With WWRP funding, Mason County will renovate two infields at Mason County Recreation Area Park near the City of Shelton, dramatically improving field playability and reducing maintenance costs ($135,214--partially funded).
Oakland Bay Restoration
WWRP grant funding will enable Capitol Land Trust, the Squaxin Island Tribe and their project partners to protect important estuarine habitat and some of the most productive shellfish beds in Washington State ($1,000,000).
A complete list of funded and partially funded projects is available here (PDF)
July 2, 2013
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is the non-profit citizens group that serves as the watchdog and advocate for the WWRP grant program. The WWRP is a state grant program funded by the legislature and administered by the RCO. The Coalition receives no funding from the state. Its operations are instead entirely funded by the generous contributions of individuals, organizations, and corporations.