Wildlife Gets a Legislative Win: State Doubles Funding to Protect Public Lands

July 4, 2007

This year, the Legislature doubled funding for wildlife and recreation access, which could protect places like Camp Kilworth in Federal Way, the Methow Valley watershed, and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River in North Bend.

Excerpt: “Joanna Grist, executive director of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, said that since 1990, the state’s capital budget has included about $50 million each biennium for the program, for a total of $450 million invested so far.

“It’s the largest investment in parks and natural areas in Washington’s history,” Grist said. “It’s a huge win for us and we are extremely pleased about it. It shows that there is a great demand, there are a lot of great projects out there that need funding, and it shows that we have strong bipartisan support for it.”

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