Read an editorial by The Olympian lauding state legislators for funding the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program even in a tough budget year. $70 million for the program was included in the final budget, a compromise between the Senate level of $50 million and the House allocation of $80 million.
Excerpt: “Those lobbying for the wildlife and recreation grants had solid arguments. First, many of the projects will create jobs. They are, in the words of those who dole out so-called stimulus dollars – “shovel ready.”
Secondly, some projects involve property acquisitions and conservation easements that will put dollars in the pockets of local landowners, also helping to stimulate the local economy. The trails and natural areas that will be built will surely please members of the financially strapped public who are looking for free or inexpensive recreation opportunities.”