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Evaluators needed for state recreation grant applications

Spokane County Parks Director Doug Chase takes a picture from the top of Antoine Peak just north of the Spokane Valley. The county is hoping to buy a 1,000-acre piece of land to preserve the wildllife and make it available to non-motorized use. (J. Bart Rayniak)
Spokane County Parks Director Doug Chase takes a picture from the top of Antoine Peak just north of the Spokane Valley. The county is hoping to buy a 1,000-acre piece of land to preserve the wildllife and make it available to non-motorized use. (J. Bart Rayniak)

CONSERVATION — Six volunteers are needed to work with the Recreation and Conservation Office in evaluating grant applications for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

For more than 20 years, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) has been the state’s primary source of funding for parks, trails, and wildlife habitat and is the only source of state funding for working farms.  

Antoine Peak and many of the Spokane County Conservation Futures areas have been secured with help from these funds.

In a historic bipartisan effort by former Governors Dan Evans and Mike Lowry, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition founded the WWRP in 1989 to address the need for preserving more land for outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat.

The Coalition continues to be the primary advocate and watch dog for the WWRP. In 24 years, the Coalition has leveraged more than $1 billion for projects in every county across the state.

The state Recreation and Conservation Office has released the following requirements for WWRP evaluators:

  • One volunteer should be from a recreational organization or parks board and three should be from local government. These volunteers will evaluate grant applications from state agencies and will serve on the State Lands Development and Renovation Advisory Committee.
  • Two volunteers should work for local government and have experience managing parks for a diverse range of recreational activities. These volunteers will evaluate grant applications to buy land, build or improve local parks and will serve on the Local Parks Advisory Committee.
  • One volunteer is also needed to evaluate trail requests.

Applications are available on the RCO’s website. The deadline is June 14, 2013. 

Contact: Frances Dinger, 509.590.8111 | frances@wildliferecreation.org




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