July 7, 2015
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s premier grant program for outdoor recreation and conservation, and the only source of farmland preservation in the state budget, received $55 million for conservation projects. Coming only a few weeks after a proposal threatened to eliminate the WWRP, this funding will help provide critical public access for hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing in Washington.
Excerpt: “Some project highlights funded by the $55 million appropriation for the program include:
- An expansion of Springbrook Park in Lakewood to add new amenities including trails, all abilities play equipment, a family picnic area, and a community garden,
- Preservation of land along the Mashel River to expand the Mashel Greenbelt Trail, protect a key section of the popular Mount Tahoma Trails public cross-country ski trail, and protect water quality in this important salmon habitat,
- Construction of day use facilities at Kukutali Preserve to include new trails, picnic areas, and other facilities to develop the preserve into an education and wildlife viewing destination.
Read the complete story in the Suburban Times.