What is the WWRP?
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is our state’s largest public funding source for outdoor community projects. It provides matching funds to create new parks, protect wildlife habitat and preserve working lands.
The Coalition is the independent non-profit advocate for the WWRP and has successfully leveraged over $1.8 billion for more than 1,600 projects across our beautiful state. This funding creates not only parks and trails but also jobs, economic activity, and increased quality of life for all Washingtonians.
For nearly 30 years, the WWRP has been our state’s premier tool for habitat conservation and outdoor recreation opportunities. It is nationally recognized for its fair, objective, and independent funding process.
How is the WWRP funded?
The WWRP is funded every two years as part of the state’s Capital Construction Budget. In 2019, the Legislature provided $85 million in funding for the WWRP.
The program is administered by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
Why is the WWRP important?
- The WWRP makes the great outdoors more accessible for all Washingtonians. It is the only state funding source available for many small, under-resourced, or underserved communities to create a new playground, protect a generations-old farm, or develop a trail that connects them to the outdoors.
- Investing in the WWRP invests in our economy and fuels job growth. The WWRP helps support 201,000 outdoor recreation jobs in our state—more than the information technology sector or the aerospace industry.
- The WWRP contributes to the physical health and mental wellbeing of children and adults, through the creation of countless opportunities for outdoor exercise and relaxation.
- Robustly funding the WWRP—the state’s primary means of conserving native ecosystems and important wildlife habitat—is critical to protecting our state’s diverse lands and iconic species.
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: