State Parks grants help preserve and develop our state’s best outdoor recreation areas by funding new campgrounds and amenities to increase the capacity of our parks, creating new parks, improving park resources, and protecting historical areas. These grants help our state continue to develop our world-class parks system to share our cultural heritage and natural treasures with all of its visitors.
In partnership, Washington DNR, State Parks, Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham are working to acquire by purchase and exchange 1,200 forested acres on Chuckanut Mountain which will effectively extend Larrabee State Park north into Bellingham. This current acquisition of approximately 45 acres will be the first phase of the State Park participation which is to acquire the ridgetops that command stunning views of the San Juan islands and North Cascades. Funding for this project was appropriated directly to State Parks and did not come through the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC), now named the Recreation and Conservation Office. The appropriation can be found in the 1991-93 Supplemental Capital Budget Section 13 (5) (a) and it specifies $500,000 from ORA (Outdoor Recreation Account). It also specifies that the appropriation is subject to chapter 43.99 RCW (now 79A.25); therefore, a project agreement was issued by IAC.