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Governor Inslee's Budget Includes $100 Million for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
Dec 14, 2016
For more information, contact Danica Johnson at Danica@WildlifeRecreation.org.
Coalition Seeks Signatures for Sign-On Letter Supporting WWRP
Oct 25, 2016
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC) is seeking signatures from individuals and organizations for a letter supporting $120 million for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) in the 2017-19 biennium.
Local Legislators Tour Kiwanis Park and Boardwalk
Oct 05, 2016
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC) is pleased to invite the Mount Vernon community to a project tour of Kiwanis Park and Boardwalk with local legislators on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST.
Following Senate Victory, the L.O.C.A.L. Management Act Proposes Restrictions on Conservation.
Apr 26, 2016
House Natural Resources Sub Committee on Federal Lands to vote on draft legislation released by Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), that would strip local control and roll back 50 years of community-driven conservation and public lands in the West.
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Appoints New Executive Director
Apr 20, 2016
Statewide coalition of over 280 nonprofit and corporate partners appoints new Executive Director.
State’s Premier Conservation and Recreation Program is Modernized
Mar 10, 2016
Legislators on March 8th worked across the aisle to modernize the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) to ensure it continues to meet current state needs and provide greater access in underserved communities.
Bill Seeks to Update State’s Premier Conservation and Recreation Program
Jan 20, 2016
A bill in Olympia aims to make the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program work even better for communities across the state, but some are concerned about reduced funding for habitat conservation.
Land and Water Conservation Fund restored in budget deal
Dec 16, 2015
Fund is critical for Washington state’s parks and natural resources
Broad Coalition of Recreation, Conservation Groups Deeply Concerned by LWCF Bill
Nov 06, 2015
Proposed legislation would dismantle conservation program, drastically impact future projects in Washington state
Congress eliminates popular conservation fund
Oct 01, 2015
Despite fifty years of success and strong bipartisan support the Land and Water Conservation fund expired September 30
Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Annual Breakfast Highlights the Importance of Public Lands Programs
Sep 25, 2015
Former Congressman Norm Dicks calls on Congress, Speaker Boehner, to reauthorize conservation fund
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition announces departure of longtime Executive Director Joanna Grist
Jul 29, 2015
 
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition applauds inclusion of LWCF reauthorization in bipartisan energy bill
Jul 22, 2015
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s bill would permanently reauthorize premiere conservation and outdoor recreation program
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition applauds restoration of critical conservation and outdoor recreation program
Jul 02, 2015
Expresses optimism for updating program so that it continues to meet diverse needs
Washington Congressional Leaders Call for Reauthorization of LWCF
Jun 24, 2015
Less than 100 days remain before expiration of premiere conservation and outdoor recreation program
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition Thanks Rep. Reichert for his Conservation Leadership
Apr 16, 2015
Rep. Reichert co-sponsors legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Senate Funds Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Grants at $68.8 Million but Jeopardizes the Program
Apr 08, 2015
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition urges the Senate to abide by the statute and utilize the independent selection criteria
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition thanks Senator Cantwell for leadership to protect land and water funding
Mar 31, 2015
Senator Cantwell co-sponsors S-890 to preserve fair funding for conservation in Washington State
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition applauds bipartisan investments in conservation, recreation
Mar 27, 2015
House budget funds diversity of conservation, recreation, and farmland preservation projects
Wash. parks could see funding under new budget proposal
Feb 03, 2015
President’s budget calls for full funding for critical conservation program
Coalition of 280 businesses, nonprofits thank Senators Murray & Cantwell for leadership during conservation vote
Jan 29, 2015
Majority of Senate votes for Burr-Bennett-Ayotte Amendment; nearly adopted 59-39
Data show outdoor recreation means dollars for state’s economy
Jan 08, 2015
New study shows $21.6 billion in spending
Coalition of 280 nonprofits, businesses calls for legislature to maximize outdoor funding
Dec 18, 2014
Communities across Washington need legislature to prioritize Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program funding in capital construction budget
Washington Land & Water projects left unfunded by omnibus appropriation
Dec 10, 2014
Congress maintains previous year’s funding level for LWCF
As ‘Lame Duck’ approaches, opportunity seen for conservation program
Oct 22, 2014
Senator Murray bolsters support for LWCF at 50th anniversary celebration
Over 100 outdoor recreation, conservation projects ranked as state priorities, need funding from legislature
Oct 01, 2014
 
Governor Inslee, Coalition celebrate 25 years of conservation, look toward unmet need for the outdoors
Sep 23, 2014
 
Report: Conservation program has strengthened Washington’s economy for 5 decades
Sep 03, 2014
Land and Water Conservation Fund started in Washington State, needs reauthorization from Congress
Federal program funds 4 local parks in Washington, needs congressional reauthorization
Jul 18, 2014
 
After years of community work, accessible playground opens Friday in Gig Harbor
Jun 26, 2014
 
Interim trail breaks ground Saturday, next step on decades of work
Jun 26, 2014
 
Coalition endorses creation of Seattle Parks District
Jun 20, 2014
 
Coalition asks Inslee, legislature to increase outdoors funding to meet increased demand
Jun 12, 2014
 
Tele-briefing on Coalition’s request to Inslee, legislature for outdoors funding
Jun 05, 2014
 
Demand for federal dollars for local parks doubles in Washington State
May 29, 2014
Parks in 13 counties need Land and Water grants
Demand for outdoor access, conservation increasing statewide
May 21, 2014
Citizens group to request Governor prioritizes outdoor funding
Everett restoration project a huge win for outdoor recreation, water quality
May 08, 2014
 
Northwest business leaders fly to the other Washington to protect the outdoors
Apr 01, 2014
 
Sen. Murray joins bill to defend nation’s outdoor heritage
Mar 13, 2014
Bill would fully fund and reauthorize land and water program without taxpayer dollars
Coalition of 280 business & conservation groups praises President’s historic investment in outdoors
Mar 03, 2014
President’s budget would restore full funding to Land & Water Conservation Fund
Conservation program funds protects water quality, wildlife habitat in Kittitas County
Feb 26, 2014
Congress appropriates funds for land & water conservation
Business, recreation leaders applaud Inslee for prioritizing outdoor recreation economy
Feb 19, 2014
Task force will help expand conservation conversation across Washington
Public-private Big Tent coalition points to recreation's economic impact
Feb 10, 2014
 
Conservation program funds Pysht Coastal Forest, protects jobs and wildlife habitat
Feb 03, 2014
Congress appropriates funds for land & water conservation
Conservation program funds Klickitat Canyon Forest, protects jobs and wildlife habitat
Feb 03, 2014
Recent federal Appropriations bill protects LWCF
MEDIA ALERT - Omnibus Appropriations bill includes $306 million for Land and Water Conservation Fund
Jan 14, 2014
Key Washington outdoor recreation and conservation projects funded
In budget deal, hope for conservation’s future
Dec 18, 2013
Agreement leaves room for Land and Water, thanks to Senator Murray
Farmers could benefit from grants, protect working land
Nov 25, 2013
Local organizations can help farmers secure their natural legacy for the next generation with help from a little-known grant program.
Wildlife and Recreation Coalition applauds Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s strong commitment to nation’s lands
Oct 31, 2013
Following Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell’s conference at the National Press Club the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition commented on the Secretary’s remarks
Three Washington projects awarded Land & Water grants
Oct 28, 2013
Projects increase outdoor access, promote conservation
House bill axes fund for hunting, fishing, parks
Jul 23, 2013
Elimination of Land and Water Conservation Fund threatens access, outdoor business
State budget includes $65 million for WWRP
Jun 29, 2013
House, Senate unite for strong funding for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
Coalition supports 2013 King County Parks Levy
Jun 17, 2013
Levy provides essential funds for maintenance and operation costs of local parks
Coalition buys ads thanking committee members
Jun 04, 2013
House Committee unanimously voted for jobs, public access through Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
Two weeks left to volunteer to help determine future of Wash. outdoors
Jun 03, 2013
RCO requests 6 volunteers to evaluate WWRP grant proposals
Former Bremerton Congressman, Virginia Mason COO join Coalition
May 28, 2013
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition board unanimously approved seven new board members including former U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks and Virginia Mason COO Sarah Patterson.
Conservation, Recreation Coalition thanks Rep. Dave Reichert for leading effort for Land and Water Conservation Fund, lauds majority of Washington’s delegation
May 02, 2013
Bipartisan majority of delegation joins colleagues across the country in requesting strong funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
House budget restores funding for critical recreation, conservation projects; significant investment in recreation industry, jobs
Apr 11, 2013
$70 million funds critical community projects, restores competitive project rankings ignored by Senate budget
Senate abandons nationally recognized objective criteria for cherry picking, a step backwards for recreation economy, jobs
Apr 09, 2013
 
Release: Inslee budget boon to recreation economy, but some communities left unfunded
Mar 28, 2013
 
Senate Passes Budget that Returns Oil and Gas Revenues To Land and Water Conservation
Mar 23, 2013
Full Funding of LWCF Critical to Outdoor Economy, Ends Chronic Diversion of Conservation Funds
Sen. Murray restores honesty to budget, returns oil and gas revenues to land and water conservation
Mar 13, 2013
LWCF Coalition lauds senate budget for commitment to outdoor economy, ending chronic diversion of conservation funds
Outdoor recreation major economic driver, $22.5 billion pumped into Washington economy
Feb 14, 2013
Outdoor Industry Association Report Points to Value of Protecting Public Lands
Conservation projects around state hang legislative balance: Advocates look to Inslee, Legislature to grow recreation economy, jobs
Jan 22, 2013
Recent study confirms link between conservation, economic health
The Boeing Company awards $25,000 grant to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition for public education, conservation efforts
Jan 11, 2013
 
Governor Gregoire's budget reflects deep understanding of ties between conservation and economy, jobs
Dec 12, 2012
$65 million in capital budget for recreation and wildlife protection gets state closer to maintaining valuable program; falls short of $90 million needed to fund all community projects
124 conservation and preservation projects around Washington ranked as top notch for funding by independent ranking system:
Oct 22, 2012
Farm preservation, trail improvements, parks, waterway protection, etc across Washington hang in balance of 2013 legislature
East-West residents agree on conservation
Aug 15, 2012
New poll finds 84% of voters in Washington’s geographically-divided new 8th Congressional District agree on importance of preservation, public lands
Sen. Murray joins fight for land and water funding, co-sponsors legislation to fund Land and Water Conservation
Aug 13, 2012
Murray recognizes critical role that conservation plays in Washington State economy -- 115,000 Washington jobs depend on recreation, outdoors
RELEASE: Sen Andy Hill joins board of Wildlife and Recreation Coalition
May 10, 2012
 
Whidbey Community to Receive $1.9 million for Admiralty Inlet, Camp Casey
Apr 19, 2012
Funding thanks to leadership of Rep. Norma Smith, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen
Skagit Community to Receive $535,000 for Cypress Island, Secret Harbor
Apr 15, 2012
Thanks to Rep. Jeff Morris, Rep. Kristine Lytton, Sen. Kevin Ranker
Auburn Opens Elevated Boardwalk to Enhance Environmental Park
Apr 05, 2012
 
Coalition Thanks Members of Washington’s Congressional Delegation for Supporting Federal Conservation Fund
Mar 29, 2012
Investment in lands creates jobs and boosts economy
Release: May 1 Deadline for Park, Wildlife Habitat, Farmland Grants
Mar 21, 2012
The May 1st application deadline is approaching quickly for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) grants. These grants have provided cities, counties, nonprofits and local parks districts with much-needed funds for critical recreation and conservation projects in local communities.
RELEASE - Coalition applauds Senators Cantwell and Murray for dedicated conservation funding
Mar 15, 2012
Transportation bill provides $1.4 billion for federal Land and Water Conservation Fund over two years
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition applauds Senators Murray and Cantwell for support of conservation funding
Mar 09, 2012
Amendment to Transportation Bill Supports Local Jobs, Communities
Coalition Applauds President’s Strong Commitment to Conservation Fund
Feb 14, 2012
Investment in lands creates jobs and boosts economy
Washington State U.S. House Members Urge Support for Federal Conservation Fund
Dec 23, 2011
Bipartisan majority of delegation joins colleagues across the country in requesting continued funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
RELEASE: Members of Washington’s Congressional Delegation Urge Support for Federal Conservation Fund
Dec 23, 2011
Bipartisan majority of delegation joins colleagues across the country in requesting continued funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
Conservation, Business & Sportsmen’s Coalition Applauds Congressional Efforts to Protect LWCF Funding in FY12 Budget
Dec 22, 2011
Spending Bill Reflects Broad Support for Land and Water Conservation Fund
Community Members Thank Senator Parlette for Conservation, Recreation Leadership At Susie Stephens Trail Dedication Ceremony
Nov 28, 2011
 
Rep. Steve Tharinger, other Community Leaders Join Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Board
Nov 21, 2011
 
Coalition of businesses, sportsmen, conservation leaders praises Congressman Dave Reichert in billboard ads
Oct 06, 2011
Reichert’s leadership protects clean water, wildlife habitat in Washington
Congressman Reichert to present award to State Senators Steve Litzow, Andy Hill and Joe Fain for conservation leadership
Sep 23, 2011
 
State invests in Cushman - Scott Pierson trail connector
Aug 22, 2011
 
U.S. Senator Patty Murray to speak at Fallen Leaf Lake Park Dedication Ceremony
Aug 16, 2011
Park opens thanks to grants from state and federal funds
Wildlife & Recreation Coalition commends bipartisan leadership on Land and Water
Aug 08, 2011
Representatives Reichert, Inslee, Dicks take strong stand for conservation fund
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program projects released by State RCO office
Jun 23, 2011
Legislators reached across the aisle and worked together to save project in 2011 session: Spokane, Cheney, Newport receive funding
House and Senate come together to save Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
May 26, 2011
Governors Evans and Lowry join supporters around the state in thanking legislature for $42 million in vital conservation funding
Congressman Reichert recognized for conservation leadership
May 19, 2011
Congressman’s vote played key role in preserving national conservation funding
Local park set to receive funding from federal grant program
May 06, 2011
US Congress funds Klickitat Prairie Park, State WWRP grant status still uncertain
Senate Proposal cuts Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program funding by additional $30 million, moves $16 million to earmarked projects
Apr 14, 2011
Senate cuts go much deeper than house, eliminate all farmland preservation, require that WWRP abandon objective criteria to fund politically popular projects
House saves critical outdoor recreation program in Capital budget
Apr 06, 2011
Capital budget appropriates $50 million to protect working farms, parks, hunting land, fishing areas and wildlife habitat -- program had been slated for elimination in the governor’s proposed budget
Coalition uses billboard ads to praise Reichert’s leadership
Mar 28, 2011
 
Businesses, outdoor recreation and conservation advocates ask Murray and Cantwell to support conservation fund
Mar 23, 2011
 
Coalition of businesses, hunters, anglers, and conservationists lauds Rep. Dave Reichert
Feb 18, 2011
Rep. Dave Reichert votes in support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Coalition Press Release: America's Great Outdoors Initiative
Feb 15, 2011
 
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition supports a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program for all of Washington
Dec 21, 2010
 
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program contributes millions to state and local economies
Dec 21, 2010
Active outdoor recreation contributes $8.5 billion a year in actual retail sales and services across Washington supporting 115,000 jobs, according to a study by the Trust for Public Land
The Boeing Company awards $20,000 grant to the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition for public education, conservation efforts
Dec 14, 2010
 
New Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition board members step up to conservation call
Nov 26, 2010
 
Coalition requests $100 million for parks, wildlife and farms for future generations
Oct 08, 2010
 
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grants benefit Skagit County farms
Sep 29, 2010
 
Des Moines Creek Trail users celebrate trail completion, thanks to $579,000 WWRP grant
Sep 27, 2010
 
Citizens of SW Washington support conservation, even in hard times
Sep 14, 2010
 
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Buys Banner Ads Thanking Senator Cantwell
Jun 29, 2010
 
State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board Approve 2009-2010 Project List for Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
Jul 10, 2009
 
$70 Million for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
Apr 26, 2009
 
WWRP Can Help State Meet Needs in Counties throughout the State
Mar 31, 2009
 
Governor Gregoire's Jobs Package Funds Parks, Trails in King, Pierce, Lewis Counties and Spokane area
Jan 19, 2009
Governor Gregoire’s economic stimulus package known as the Washington Jobs Now Initiative includes six Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP)
Amendments to state grant program will increase access to state funds for protecting parks, wildlife habitat and working farms
Nov 24, 2008
 
New board members strengthen Coalition that advocates for state funding for conservation and outdoor recreation projects
Nov 21, 2008
 
Demand for state funding for conservation at record breaking levels this year
May 06, 2008
 
The Coalition Receives Award for Work on Parks and Recreation
Apr 24, 2008
 
10 Farms in Washington Awarded State Grant Funds
Apr 01, 2008
 
New board members add to expertise and professional diversity on WA Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Board
Feb 13, 2008
 
Issaquah High Point Trail Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Nov 27, 2007
 
Farmland Preservation Grant Applications Approved
Nov 06, 2007
 
Crossroads Water Spray Playground Celebration
Oct 19, 2007
 
Washington Legislature Doubles Budget for Outdoor Recreation, Habitat Protection
Apr 24, 2007
 
Senate Proposes Doubling Budget for Outdoor Recreation Development, Habitat Protection
Mar 28, 2007
 
State House Committee Proposes Doubling Budget for Key Parks and Wildlife Program
Mar 19, 2007
 
Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition Elects New Members to Board of Directors
Feb 28, 2007
 
Governor's Proposed Budget Helps Parks and Wildlife; More Funding Needed
Jan 02, 2007
 
Fish and Wildlife Commission Recommends Doubling Funds for Wildlife, Recreation Projects
Oct 10, 2006
 
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Land and Water Conservation Fund restored in budget

Fund is critical for Washington state’s parks and natural resources

Broad Coalition of Recreation, Conservation Groups Deeply Concerned by LWCF Bill

Proposed legislation would dismantle conservation program, drastically impact future projects in Washington state

Congress Eliminates Popular Conservation Fund

Despite fifty years of success and strong bipartisan support the Land and Water Conservation fund expired September 30.

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