Local Trail and Farmland Projects at Risk in Funding Cuts

March 11, 2009

Read an Op-Ed by Jon Soine, a Realtor with Windermere Real Estate, in support of  increased funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Excerpt:¬†“Over the past 20 years, the [WWRP] has protected nearly 1,000 parks and outdoor recreation areas, granting $620 million to communities in need throughout the state. Here in Whatcom County, we’ve received a total of $19.5 million for projects that have made this part of the state such a desirable place to live.

As a Realtor, I recognize that among the top selling points for home investment in Whatcom County is proximity to outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking and biking to fishing and camping. Environmental amenities raise the attractiveness of a community. Parks and green spaces sustain property values and provide for the Quality of Life we have come to enjoy.”

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