State Awards Nearly $18 Million for Salmon Recovery Projects Statewide

OLYMPIA–The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board today announced the award of nearly $18 million in grants for projects to restore salmon habitat in an effort to bring the iconic fish back from the brink of extinction. An estimated 75 percent of the funded projects will benefit Chinook salmon, which make up a large part of […]

December 10, 2018
Non-native Fish Left Belly Up

OLYMPIA – Earlier this month, a woman reportedly released two large coolers of live tilapia into Sammamish Lake, a popular location for water sports and hiking. A concerned citizen saw the act and reported it to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Upon following up, four fish were found dead, assumedly due to the […]

November 19, 2018
Groups Seek Funding for Recreation and Conservation Projects in 35 Counties

OLYMPIA – Local communities are requesting funding for 349 projects to expand recreational areas and conserve wildlife habitat and working lands, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced today. The funding board evaluated and ranked the projects, which will continue to the Governor and state Legislature for funding consideration. “The projects show huge support by […]

November 1, 2018
Grants Available for Outdoor Recreation: Applications Due Nov. 1 (Deadline has been extended to Nov. 7)

OLYMPIA – Applications are being accepted now for grants to benefit trails, boating and shooting ranges, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. “These grants are vital for maintaining the thousands of miles of trails through the mountains and forests of Washington, and for ensuring there are launch ramps and other facilities for […]

October 8, 2018
Public Invited to Become a First Detector and Report Invasive Species

OLYMPIA–To help combat the $1.3 billion threat invasive species pose to Washington’s economy every year, the Washington Invasive Species Council is inviting the public to the frontlines of its work by detecting invasive species and reporting them on its newly improved WA Invasives app. The free app enables anyone to report a plant or animal […]

September 10, 2018
Tribal Leader Appointed to State Salmon Recovery Funding Board

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee has appointed Jeromy Sullivan, chair of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board, a state board that awards grants for projects to help return salmon from the brink of extinction. Sullivan has extensive experience in conservation and salmon recovery issues. He has served on the Hood […]

July 12, 2018
State Awards $12.6 Million in Grants for Trails and Waterfront Parks

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board today announced the award of $12.6 million to projects around the state to build trails and waterfront parks and to restore beaches. “Washington is fortunate to have a lot of spectacular outdoor places where people can hike, boat, fish and swim,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director […]

May 7, 2018
Inslee Announces Nearly $1.5 Million in Grants to Get Kids Outside, Help Veterans

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee announced today the award of nearly $1.5 million in grants to programs in 18 counties statewide aimed at getting kids outdoors. The No Child Left Inside grants will be awarded by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. The grants target at-risk youth by focusing on programs that provide outdoor education and […]

April 24, 2018
Grant Proposals Due, Volunteers Needed

OLYMPIA – Communities have less than a month to submit applications for state grants to build parks, trails, ball fields and boating facilities, and to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and forests, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. Applications are due May 1 in four of the office’s 15 grant programs, […]

April 10, 2018
Boaters Reminded to “CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY” Boats and Equipment to Block Invasive Species

OLYMPIA—The Washington Invasive Species Council and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are reminding boaters to “CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY” their boats and equipment to prevent the spread of invasive species and minimize the time spent at mandatory boat inspections at state borders. “The best way to keep our lakes and rivers clean and free from invasive […]

March 29, 2018
Gov. Inslee Highlights Need To Prevent and Stop Invasive Species

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared the week of Feb. 25th as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington State, noting that everyone has a role to play in stopping more than $137 billion in annual costs from crop damage, loss of fish and damage to forests. In his proclamation, Inslee urges residents to play an active […]

February 21, 2018
State Awards Nearly $116 Million in Grants for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Projects

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board today announced the award of nearly $116 million in grants to a suite of 276 projects that build and maintain outdoor recreation facilities and conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and forests around the state. “These grants are important to strengthening Washington’s economy and retaining […]

January 31, 2018
Salmon Recovery Projects Awarded More Than $53 Million in Grants

OLYMPIA – The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership today announced the award of more than $53 million in grants for projects that will protect and restore salmon habitat statewide. “Salmon are vitally important to Washington’s economy and to our way of life. They are one of our state’s most precious […]

January 25, 2018
State Accepting Grant Applications for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Funding

OLYMPIA – The state will begin accepting grant applications in Feburary to build parks, trails, boating facilities and shooting ranges, as well as to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and forests, the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office announced today. These grant programs are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington’s […]

January 11, 2018