Cypress Island restoration work gets state dollars
Restoration efforts on Cypress Island will get $535,000 through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
The funds will enable the Department of Natural Resources to increase the number of campsites on the island, renovate a loop trail and improve public safety, according to a press release from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, which advocates for the grant program.
“Cypress Island, like many WWRP projects around the state, help maintain critical habitat for wildlife, protect our waterways and ensure that outdoor recreation can continue to be a major source of income in communities across the state,” said Joanna Grist, coalition executive director.
The grant funds were included in the final capital construction budget passed during the recent state legislative session.
Cypress Island has received more than $13 million since 1990 for protection and development of campgrounds, public access and trails.
The nonprofit recreation coalition has more than 250 organizations representing conservation, business, recreation and other community interests.