Celebration of Community & Conservation


Thank you for supporting WWRC’s Celebration of Community and Conservation! We hope that you enjoyed the stories we shared this week, and that you take the time to get outside to enjoy Washington’s great outdoors, whether in the backcountry, or in your local park!

Don’t forget to tag @WildlifeRec in your Public Lands Day posts. And since we’re so close to meeting our fundraising goal, any donations made TODAY will enter your into a drawing to win some awesome outdoor gear!

Have fun and recreate responsibly!


Before our virtual event comes to a close, we have one more story, featuring project highlights in Eastern Washington’s Blue Mountains, and how the community is connecting in the name of conservation.

And if you haven’t already heard, tomorrow is National Public Lands Day! The Coalition is celebrating and we hope you’ll join us in showing support for our great outdoors. Details below on how you can participate in our Public Lands Day #Challenge! Oh, and anyone who tags us in their public lands day posts on social media will be entered into a drawing to win some awesome outdoor prizes!



How to celebrate Public Lands Day with WWRC:

STEP 1: Go outside tomorrow! (Rain or shine!)

STEP 2: Take a photo of yourself enjoying our public lands.

STEP 3: Share your photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

STEP 4: Tag @WildlifeRec in your post and use the hashtags #WWRC #CommunityandConservation #PublicLandsDay

STEP 5: Donate in honor of Public Lands Day today!


Today’s project highlight takes us to northern Washington’s Similkameen Trail, and teaches us how a trail can provide more than just recreation opportunities.

And for this week’s final Forward Award, we recognize Allan Kafley. This award honors young leaders moving Washington forward into a healthier, happier, more inclusive future.


Today we present our second Forward Award to Kayla Wakulich! This award honors young leaders moving Washington forward into a healthier, happier, more inclusive future.

Don’t forget, tonight is our Virtual Happy Hour! If you’ve already registered, check your inbox for the link to attend this Zoom webinar. Happy Hour starts at 5PM!

Want to learn more about how our work impacts communities? Check out today’s project highlight featuring the WWRP grant funded Kennedy Creek Natural Area.

And be sure check out our first Forward Award of the week, presented to Melissa Watkinson! This award honors young leaders moving Washington forward into a healthier, happier, more inclusive future.


Welcome to our Celebration of Community & Conservation! We’re so glad you’re here! Below you’ll find a special kick-off message from the Coalition’s Executive Director, Christine Mahler.

Next, whether you’re new to the Coalition, or just want to know more about how we support Washington’s outdoor community, be sure to check out WWRC 101: Welcome to the Coalition.

And finally, we’re proud to present this year’s Evans-Lowry Award. The Evans-Lowry Award recognizes unique collaborations that support our great outdoors. This award honors WWRC’s founding co-chairs Governor Evans and Governor Lowry, who came together across political lines for the greater good. This year, we are proud to recognize Chairman Jeromy Sullivan and Tom Ringo as recipients of the WWRC Evans-Lowry Award.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:























Bill & Frankie Chapman



Charley Dickey

Clements General Construction 


Green Diamond Resource Company 


Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust  


RD Merrill Company


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation


Steve Seward & Mary Donovan


Ted Willhite


Van Ness Feldman LLP


Waypoint Consulting






Interested in sponsoring this virtual event? Email Katy Herko