Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program

What is the WWRP?

In 1989, the Coalition partnered with the legislature and then-Governor Gardiner to establish the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), our state’s premier conservation and recreation grant program which provides matching funds to create new local and state parks, protect wildlife habitat and preserve working farms.

The Coalition is the chief advocate for the WWRP and has successfully leveraged over $1.3 billion for more than 1,200 projects, creating not only parks and wildlife habitat, but also jobs, revenue, and increased quality of life throughout the state.

secured: $80 million for WWRP Projects in 2017-19

After significant advocacy from the Coalition and our many partners, the legislature approved $80 million for WWRP projects in the 2017-19 biennium. This is the second highest number in history for WWRP! In 2018, the Coalition will work with the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board to create a new funding request for the 2020-22 biennium.

WWRP Funding Request for 2017-19

Empower communities, fuel the economy with robust funding for the outdoors

The WWRP is the only funding source available for many small, under-resourced communities to create a new playground, protect a generations-old farm, or develop a trail that connects them to the outdoors.

  • WWRP funds have leveraged $461 million in local and private matching funds to date.
  • In the past 40 years, rural counties with at least 30% public land increased jobs 4x as much as rural counties with no public land.
  • More than $70 million in medical costs could be cut each year by getting people more active outside.
  • Over half of WWRP projects are development, creating construction jobs.

12 Categories of WWRP

WWRP has evolved over the years to become an innovative toolbox supporting everything from local sports fields to state parks and family farms, all with a mission of preserving Washington’s beautiful natural resources and creating places for everyone to enjoy the outdoors. These tools include 12 separate categories of projects:

Trails
Local Parks
State Parks
State Lands Development & Renovation
Water Access
Riparian Protection
Critical Habitat
Natural Areas
Urban Wildlife Habitat
State Lands Restoration & Enhancement
Farmland Preservation
Forestland Preservation