Governor’s Budget is a Great Step Towards $120 Million for WWRP

January 6, 2017

The Coalition continues to advocate for $120 million for WWRP, and is heartened by Governor Inslee’s budget proposal. Photo Credit: Craig Romano.

The Coalition commends Governor Inslee for including $100 million for WWRP in his recently-released budget for the 2017-19 biennium. His proposal is a great step towards meeting the current needs of the program, which are steadily increasing due to our state’s growing population.

As Washington’s incredible natural beauty and abundance of outdoor opportunities continue to attract top employers and people from across the nation, the need for continued upkeep and protection of outdoor spaces is paramount.

And that need is apparent: in 2016 alone, 220 applications for WWRP grants were submitted by local, state, tribal, and non-profit groups for funding in the next biennium to acquire, develop, and restore habitat and recreation lands in every region of Washington.

“As the WWRP’s primary advocate, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is thrilled that Governor Inslee has funded the program at this well-deserved historic level. His budget recognizes how important it is for this program to keep pace with our state’s rapid population growth,” said Coalition Executive Director Andrea McNamara Doyle. “The multiple economic and environmental benefits of these investments will help ensure Washington remains such a special place where people choose to live, work, and recreate in our great outdoors.“

The Coalition continues to advocate for $120 million for WWRP to the legislature. Without adequate funding, the program will not be able to fund vital projects that will greatly benefit Washington’s diverse communities.

Read more in the Coalition press release.