Perspective: Funding For Preservation on the Line

March 18, 2009

Read an Op-Ed by Heidi Eisenhour in the Port Townsend Leader in support of funding the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) at $100 million.

Excerpt: “The [Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition] has requested sustaining the WWRP at $100 million. This would fund 115 projects throughout the state. The governor proposes to cut the program to $50 million to fund 62 projects. At this level, Finnriver Farm and the Larry Scott Trail would receive funding. This is 17 percent of the record-high number of applications that were submitted this cycle. At $50 million, Jefferson County would lose funding for the Brown Dairy, Dosewallips River and Dabob Bay.

Having already contributed $10,019,809 to Jefferson County, the WWRP is extremely vital to our way of life. The state can continue to make wise investments now and for future generations by sustaining funds for the WWRP and by working with our local agencies to apply for future WWRP grants.

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