With your support, the Coalition has advocated for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program since 1989. Together, we have leveraged $1.2 billion in state, local and private dollars for over 1,200 of your neighborhood parks, biking and walking trails, nature preserves, local beaches and boat launches, wildlife habitat, working farms, and state parks.
In 1989, the Coalition persuaded the Washington State Legislature to establish the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) to protect habitat and create parks for future generations.
In the ten years prior to the formation of the WWRP, the state spent an average of just $2 million per year on land acquisition.
Here are some quick facts on the history of the program and the Coalition:
- The Coalition persuaded the Legislature to establish the WWRP grant program in 1989
- WWRP grants were first funded in 1990
- The Coalition is a diverse group of 280+ organizations representing conservation, farm, business, labor, and outdoor recreation interests
- leveraged >$1.3 billion for >1,200 park, trail, farm and wildlife projects
- secured $790 million in WWRP grants
- leveraged more than $510 million in local matching funds
- funded the protection of over 300,000 acres
- In 2007, secured $100 million for 142 park, farm and wildlife projects (includes 10 farms in 2008)
- In 2009, secured $70 million for 95 park, farm and wildlife projects
- In 2011, secured $42 million for 58 parks, farm and wildlife projects
- In 2013, secured $65 million for more than 80 parks, trails, farm and wildlife projects
- In 2015, secured $55 million for 70 parks, trails, farm and wildlife projects
- Two thirds of WWRP projects protect or restore the Puget Sound
- Cities have received over $170 million for 490+ WWRP grants
- Counties have received over $120 million for 225+ WWRP Grants
Also, check out this handy history of legislative amendments to the WWRP!
2015: $55 million secured for 70 WWRP projects in the 2015-2017 biennium
2013: $65 million secured for over 80 WWRP projects in the 2013-2015 biennium.
2011: $42 million secured for over 60 WWRP projects in the 2011-2013 biennium.
2009: $70 million secured for 95 WWRP projects during one of the worst budget crises in state history.
2007: $100 million for WWRP projects in the 2007-2009 biennium. This represents the single largest two-year investment in parks and green space in our state's history.
2005: $50 million for WWRP projects in the 2005-2007 biennium, and the Coalition passes the first major amendments to the WWRP, expanding the program to include the protection of working farms and riparian lands.
2003: $45 million for WWRP projects in the 2003-2005 biennium.
2001: $45 million for WWRP projects in the 2001-2003 biennium.
1999: $48 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1999-2001 biennium.
1997: $45 million appropriation for WWRP projects for 1997-1999, including $4 million for a pilot Riparian Habitat program.
1995: Many state environmental programs are cut, but WWRP receives biennial appropriation of $45 million.
1994: WWRP and stewardship programs survive across-the-board cuts in capital budget programs. House Capital Budget Committee conducts a thorough review of the administration of WWRP funds.
1993: A $65 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1993-1995 capital budget.
An $11 million appropriation for stewardship and Jobs in the Environment, which signaled an important step toward maintaining and improving the quality of state-owned lands.
1992: An additional $750,000 appropriation for local WWRP projects.
Passage of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation State Lands Management Act, which created an account to fund basic stewardship, improved or developed resources, human use management, and administration of the state's natural area preserves and conservation areas.
1991: A $60.3 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1991-1993 capital budget.
1990: An initial $53 million appropriation for WWRP projects in the 1989-1991 biennial capital budget.
1989: Coalition persuades legislature to create the WWRP grant program (RCW 79A.15)