The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is Washington’s chief advocate for local conservation and recreation projects across the state. For nearly 30 years, it has been the steadfast champion for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s largest public funding source for local parks, hiking trails, wildlife areas, working farms and more.
The WWRP is a state grant program that provides funds for local and state agencies to execute outdoor recreation and conservation projects—everything from a local park or ball field to huge tracts of wildlife habitat, from fishing piers to working farms. The grant program is managed by a state agency, but the Coalition conducts education and advocacy efforts in support of this critical program that has made the state the outdoor recreation destination that it is today.
Seattle-area projects funded by WWRP include Discovery Park, Bellevue’s Inspiration Playground, the South Lake Union Waterfront, Tiger Mountain, Mount Si, and Mailbox Peak—among MANY others. But this program is not limited to Seattle or King County. Indeed, residents from every corner of our state have felt the direct impact of the Coalition’s efforts to educate and advocate for the grant program.
We bring together individuals and organizations from all across the state with diverse interests. It’s not often hunters and hikers, farmers and soccer moms, bicyclists and mountaineers all agree on something, but this is the exception. They all agree that WWRP is a critical program to preserving what we all love: the great outdoors. Together, we secure funding and spread awareness about the program. Because of this work, new parks are created, wildlife habitat is preserved, working farms and forests are protected, and much more.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is Washington’s chief advocate for local conservation and recreation projects across the state. For nearly 30 years, it has been the steadfast champion for the Washington Wildlife and…