Governor Proclaims February 26 to March 3 Invasive Species Awareness Week

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee, in partnership with the Washington Invasive Species Council, has proclaimed February 26 through March 3 as Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week in solidarity with National Invasive Species Awareness Week. “Invasive species and noxious weeds are already a big problem in Washington and species that have yet to reach our state could pose […]

February 6, 2024
State to Accept Grant Applications for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Projects

Free Webinars Feb. 14 OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will begin accepting applications in mid-February for grants to build parks, trails, ball fields and boat moorage as well as to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and forests. These grants are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington’s outdoor […]

January 31, 2024
State Alters Scoring to Make Competitive Recreation Grants More Accessible to All Communities

OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board has changed the way it evaluates grant proposals with the goal of improving opportunities for outdoor recreation in communities with fewer parks and less open space. The board, which is the largest state funder of outdoor recreation facilities, changed the way it looks at need, scope, design […]

January 17, 2024
Governor Appoints Two Lifelong Outdoor Enthusiasts to State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Seattle resident Michael Shiosaki as chair and Leavenworth resident Robert “Bob” Bugert to a seat on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. The board awards about $200 million in grants every other year to tribes, nonprofits and government agencies to create parks, trails and other outdoor recreation opportunities. […]

January 16, 2024
State Accepting Grant Applications for Outdoor Athletic Facilities in Underserved Communities

Free Webinar Jan. 17 OLYMPIA–The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) will begin accepting applications next week for grants to build or improve outdoor athletic facilities, with a focus on communities that lack recreational opportunities or funding. “Spending time outside provides so many benefits,” said Megan Duffy, RCO’s director. “People who spend time outside […]

January 10, 2024