The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program Habitat Acquisition Advisory Committee evaluates grant proposals for conservation projects, primarily for property acquisition, in the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Evaluators score projects in these grant categories:

Critical Habitat
These grants provide funding to protect habitat for wildlife including endangered, threatened, or sensitive species. Project sites may include high-quality habitat or degraded habitat that once restored will support the target species.

Natural Areas
These grants provide funding to protect high-quality, representative, native ecosystems or unique plant or animal communities; endangered, threatened or sensitive species; and rare geological features or similar features of scientific or educational value. Project sites must have, to a major degree, retained their natural character and be managed primarily for resource preservation, protection, and study.

Urban Wildlife Habitat
These grants provide funding to conserve wildlife habitat in cities. Projects must be within 5 miles or inside a city or town (or its adopted urban growth area boundary) with a population of at least 5,000; or within 5 miles of an adopted urban growth area in a county that has a population of at least 200 people per square mile.

Qualifications

  • Live in Washington
  • Have an interest in public policy
  • Enjoy finding creative solutions and appreciate other perspectives
  • Are interested in and knowledgeable about buying land for habitat, natural resource management, watershed planning, biology, botany, ecology, forestry geology, or zoology

Time Commitment

  • 2-4 full days of in-person meetings in Olympia every other year
  • 3-8 hours for written evaluation, completed remotely
  • Policy feedback time commitment varies

Support

Travel reimbursement including lodging, transportation, and meals is available.

Committee Members

Citizen Members

  • Kelly McCaffrey, Seattle
  • Bill Robinson, Olympia
  • Pene Speaks, Olympia
  • Anne Van Sweringen, Olympia

Local Agency and Nonprofit Members

  • Mickey Fleming, Chelan Douglas Land Trust, Wenatchee
  • Scott Steltzner, Squaxin Island Tribe, Shelton
  • Pat Stevenson, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Arlington

State Agency Members

  • John Gamon, Department of Natural Resources
  • David Hays, Department of Fish and Wildlife

VACANCIES

  • Two citizen representatives
  • Two local agency representatives

Term Length

4 years

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