In Memory of Joan Thomas

Joan Thomas Profile PhotoThe Coalition is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our founding board members, Joan Thomas, who recently passed away after a year-long fight with cancer.

Joan, a pillar and respected leader of the conservation movement in Washington, was a founding member of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition in 1989.  Joan’s commitment to our natural heritage was second to none.

In 2008, the Coalition created the Joan Thomas award to recognize lifetime conservation champions who worked tirelessly to ensure that the next generation would have access to the same beautiful parks, wildlife habitat and working farms that we enjoy today.  Joan was the first recipient of the award.

Among her many accomplishments Joan was the former Chair of the State Parks Commission a former President and founding board member of the Washington Environmental Council, President of the League of Women Voters and a board member of the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

Joan left a legacy across the state, from her commitment to preserving Washington’s State Parks to the protection of so many other iconic places like Discovery Park in Seattle.

Joan, you will be missed.

You may make contribution in memory of Joan here.

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Washington Land & Water projects left unfunded by omnibus appropriation

Congress will leave DC with a spending bill that maintains previous-year funding levels for the nation’s premier program for outdoor recreation and conservation, but falls short of reauthorizing the program. The Land and Water Conservation Fund’s (LWCF) many bipartisan champions in the House and Senate had urged for full funding and renewal of the program. Learn more here.

Over 100 outdoor recreation, conservation projects ranked as state priorities, need funding from legislature

More than 100 recreation, wildlife habitat and working lands projects around the state of Washington have been ranked as priority projects by the Recreation Conservation Office (RCO). Whether the 33 counties and dozens of communities who would benefit from these projects are able to complete them is dependent on adequate funding of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP). Learn more here.

Coalition requests $97 million to fund conservation, outdoor recreation

The Coalition believes increased funding for the WWRP is needed to meet the demand of a growing population in addition to rising construction and land costs. Learn more here.

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