Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program
In 1989, the Coalition partnered with the legislature and then-Governor Gardiner to establish the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), our state’s premier conservation and recreation grant program which provides matching funds to create new local and state parks, protect wildlife habitat and preserve working farms.
The Coalition is the chief advocate for the WWRP and has successfully leveraged over $1.3 billion for more than 1,200 projects, creating not only parks and wildlife habitat, but also jobs, revenue, and increased quality of life throughout the state.
Celebrating 25 years of success
For the past 25 years since its creation WWRP has funded numerous parks, trails, working lands, and backcountry recreation. You can learn more about how the program works and the impact it has had on our state in the report WWRP: 25 years protecting Washington's outdoors.
$120 million for WWRP Projects in 2017-19
The Coalition is requesting that the legislature invest $120 million for WWRP projects in the 2017-19 biennium, funding local and state parks, backcountry hunting and fishing habitat lands, and other outdoor recreation and conservation opportunities across the state. For more detailed information on each project, please use this state map.
Sign today to Support $120 million for WWRP!
Want to help preserve Washington's astounding natural beauty and unparalleled quality of life?
Here's a chance to do your part -- by signing a letter supporting $120 million in funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), our state's premier grant fund for protecting our state's natural spaces and creating recreational opportunities for all.
Read the Letter: http://bit.ly/WWRPLetter
Sign the Letter: http://bit.ly/SignOnWWRP
Empower communities, fuel the economy with robust funding for the outdoors
The WWRP is the only funding source available for many small, under-resourced communities to create a new playground, protect a generations-old farm, or develop a trail that connects them to the outdoors.
- WWRP funds have leveraged $461 million in local and private matching funds to date.
- In the past 40 years, rural counties with at least 30% public land increased jobs 4x as much as rural counties with no public land.
- More than $70 million in medical costs could be cut each year by getting people more active outside.
- Over half of WWRP projects are development, creating construction jobs.
Newspapers across the state endorse the WWRP
“The land we conserve today ensures that our children and grand-children will have access to open space, trails, recreational lands, clean water and locally-grown agricultural products.”
“Even in an age when there are rivals for every appropriation and every public dollar is precious, there is the overriding fact that money invested in conservation boosts our economy and our collective well-being…Conservation pays us back.”
“Parks and other projects, past and proposed, are part of what makes Snohomish County attractive to businesses looking to bring and keep jobs here…it's what makes our communities enjoyable places to live.”
WWRP Project Categories
- Trail Projects
- Farmland Preservation
- Natural Areas
- Water Access
- Riparian Protection
- Critical Habitat
- State Parks
- Urban Wildlife Habitat
- State Lands Development and Renovation
- State Lands Restoration and Enhancement
- Local Parks
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