The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is a key player in helping Washington protect its most valuable wildlife habitat and agricultural lands.
RCO does this in a variety of ways:
- RCO provides grants to protect and restore land for a range of animals and plants.
- RCO provides grants to protect significant farmland and grants to conserve forests.
- RCO, through the Habitat and Recreation Lands Coordinating Group, coordinates with fellow state agencies on habitat and recreation land purchases to improve communication and visibility of purchases, reduce duplication, and save money.
- RCO supports the former Washington Biodiversity Council’s statewide strategy to ensure the state’s rich biological heritage is maintained and improved. See some of the work of the council below.
- Washington Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, a long-term vision and approach that focuses on six major areas: guiding investments, incentives and markets, land use and development, science and information, education and outreach, and achieving results.
- See other documents from the former Biodiversity Council.