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688

Trail Development Projects

2,005

Parks Created and Improved

12,117

Acres of Farmland Preserved

499

Miles of Stream Habitat Protected







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  • Featured Projects

    Middle Fork Newaukum River Fish Passage Project

    Lewis County used a grant to replace a barrier under the Middle Fork Road in Onalaska. The new crossing helps fish access 2.5 miles of upstream habitat.

    “This project is an incredible achievement for the board, the people of Washington, and our environment,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. “In addition to improving access for fish, these projects also will enhance the roads that cross over them, support public safety, and protect our communities from flooding.”



  • Featured Projects

    Dune Peninsula Park

    The Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma used this grant to develop open park space on about 11 acres at Point Defiance Park, located on a peninsula at the northernmost point in the city. The primary recreation opportunities provided by the project are walking, picnicking and sightseeing. Amenities include walking trails, site furnishings, restrooms, lighting, signage and landscaping.



  • Featured Projects

    Wally Bowman Bridge

    The Jefferson County Department of Public Works used a grant to remove a large steel pipe that carried Salmon Creek under West Uncas Road and was a barrier to migrating. In its place, the department built an 80-foot-long bridge over the creek, doubling the available spawning habitat for salmon. Jefferson County contributed $164,872 in cash and a federal grant and $788,800 in a previously awarded salmon recovery grant.



  • Featured Projects

    28th Street Boat Launch

    Funding Source: 

    Boating Facilities Program

    Funding: $50,000

    Recipient: Port of Grays Harbor

    Location: 28th St. Hoquiam, WA 98550

    The Port of Grays Harbor used a grant to improve the 28th Street Landing boat launch. The boat launch was in severe disrepair. The Port replaced and widened the boat ramp, added an additional boarding float, paved the main parking lot, added a permanent restroom, graveled the remaining parking area, and added lighting to improve safety in the parking area. The Port of Grays Harbor contributed $275,000 in cash and donations of cash.



  • Featured Projects

    Lake to Sound Trail

    King County cut the ribbon on 1.2 miles of the Lake to Sound Trail, which eventually will run 16 miles from the south end of Lake Washington to Puget Sound, linking the cities of Renton, Tukwila, SeaTac, Burien, and Des Moines and connecting four existing regional trails.








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Governor Inslee Highlights Need to Prevent and Stop Invasive Species

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed Feb. 24-28 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington to highlight the importance of managing and preventing invasive species, which pose a $137 billion annual cost in damages to crops, forests, fish and other wildlife nationally. “Our state’s natural habitat and outdoor recreation destinations are part of what make living […]

February 19, 2020Read More

State to Accept Grant Applications for Parks, Trails and Other Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Projects

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will begin accepting applications in mid-February for grants to build parks, trails, ball fields and boat moorage as well as to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and forests. These grants are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington’s outdoor recreation experiences, and the […]

January 29, 2020Read More

Governor Appoints Two Eastern Washington Residents to State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a Wenatchee resident and an Okanogan resident and member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to serve on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. The board awards about $250 million in grants every biennium for the development of parks, trails, boating facilities and other outdoor recreation […]

January 23, 2020Read More

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