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State Invests More than $81 Million in Salmon Recovery

OLYMPIA–Barriers will be removed for migrating salmon, trees will be planted to shade rivers and stream habitat will be improved thanks to a new round of salmon recovery grants announced today. The Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership announced the award of 150 grants in 29 counties, culminating in a […]

September 18, 2023Read More

Grant Evaluators Needed to Prioritize Investments in Washington’s Outdoors

OLYMPIA– The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is looking for people to help decide where millions of dollars should be invested in Washington’s parks, trails and other outdoor recreation amenities. RCO is recruiting nearly 50 volunteers to fill positions on 19 advisory committees that evaluate grant applications and score proposals for parks, trails, […]

September 12, 2023Read More

Public Comment Sought on Criteria for Outdoor Grants

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is asking for public comments on proposed changes to the way grant applications for parks, trails and other outdoor spaces are evaluated. The changes would affect grants in the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Youth Athletic Facilities and the state’s largest grant program for […]

August 23, 2023Read More
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RCO always is looking for volunteers to review and evaluate grant applications. By joining the many individuals who help RCO with this important role, you have a say in ensuring Washington stays a great place to live.

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