Friday, February 8, 2013

Support funding for the Northwest’s Great Outdoors

By Kelly Huang, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition

Calling on outdoor enthusiasts! Washington State’s largest funding source for safeguarding parks, trails, and water access– the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP) – needs your help!
The WWRP is the largest grant program funded from the capital construction budget that awards grants for conservation and recreation projects across the state. Every year trails, parks, and water access projects receive millions in WWRP grant dollars to create and maintain high quality hiking, skiing, kayaking, and climbing opportunities.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is a non-profit citizens group founded in a historic bipartisan effort by former Governors Dan Evans and Mike Lowry. Our members consist of a diverse group of over 250 organizations representing conservation, business, recreation, hunting, fishing, farming, and community interests.
The Coalition promotes and advocates for state and federal funding for parks, wildlife habitat and working lands across Washington State, including the WWRP.
Pinnacle Peak Park is a forested volcanic cone rising 1,000 feet above the Enumclaw Plateau. With your help, access to the park would provide us sweeping vistas of Mount Rainier and the White River Valley.   Credit King County Parks
However, the state’s budget for the WWRP is limited. This year, projects like the PinnaclePeak Trailhead Development are at risk under the current budget level. Securing the WWRP will help improve access to the heavily visited Pinnacle Peak Park.
WWRP could also make the following projects possible:
*East Tiger Mountain Trail System, King County
If you want to support these projects, we need you to express your support for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) to Governor Inslee and your legislators in the 2013-2015 biannual capital budget.

Click here to learn more and take action.

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