With your support, the Coalition has advocated for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program since 1989. Together, we have raised nearly $1 billion for more than 1,000 of your neighborhood parks, biking and walking trails, nature preserves, local beaches and boat launches, wildlife habitat, working farms, and state parks.
In 1989, the Coalition persuaded the Washington State Legislature to establish the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) to protect habitat and create parks for future generations.
In the ten years prior to the formation of the WWRP, the state spent an average of just $2 million per year on land acquisition.
1989: Coalition persuades legislature to create the WWRP grant program (RCW 79A.15)
1990: An initial $53 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1989-1991 biennial capital budget.
1991: A $60.3 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1991-1993 capital budget.
1992: An additional $750,000 appropriation for local WWRP projects.
Passage of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation State Lands Management Act, which created an account to fund basic stewardship, improved or developed resources, human use management, and administration of the state's natural area preserves and conservation areas.
1993: A $65 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1993-1995 capital budget.
An $11 million appropriation for stewardship and Jobs in the Environment, which signaled an important step toward maintaining and improving the quality of state-owned lands.
1994: WWRP and stewardship programs survive across-the-board cuts in capital budget programs. House Capital Budget Committee conducts a thorough review of the administration of WWRP funds.
1995: Many state environmental programs are cut, but WWRP receives biennial appropriation of $45 million.
1997: $45 million appropriation for WWRP projects for 1997-1999, including $4 million for a pilot Riparian Habitat program.
1999: $48 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1999-2001 biennium.
2001: $45 million for WWRP projects in the 2001-2003 biennium.
2003: $45 million for WWRP projects in the 2003-2005 biennium.
2005: $50 million for WWRP projects in the 2005-2007 biennium, and the Coalition passes the first major amendments to the WWRP, expanding the program to include the protection of working farms and riparian lands.
2007: $100 million for WWRP projects in the 2007-2009 biennium. This represents the largest single two-year investment in parks and green space in our state's history.
2009: $70 million secured for 95 WWRP projects during one of the worst budget crises in state history.
2011: $42 million secured for over 60 WWRP projects in the 2011-2013 biennium.