Capital Budget Cuts Will Hit Local Parks, Environment

April 3, 2009

A cut in Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program funding would threaten environmental preservation and parks projects in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, reports the Aberdeen Daily World. With a funding cut from $100 million to $50 million, seven out of nine projects would be unfunded.

Excerpt: “With many of these projects, it’s now or never,” said Jill Wasberg, a spokeswoman for the program. There is no guarantee that the land will be available for purchase for some projects, she added.

Past projects the group has completed in the Twin Harbors include campground development in Grayland State Park, improving access to beaches in Grays Harbor and Pacific counties, developing the accessible Friends Landing Park in Montesano and Bishop Athletic Complex in South Aberdeen.”

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