Vols Needed To Help Prioritize Grants For Washington Wildland, Bo …

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON RECREATION AND CONSERVATION OFFICE

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is recruiting 45 volunteers to fill positions on advisory committees that help determine how the state invests in the outdoors.

A WASHINGTON LANDS MANAGER GIVES A STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND HER HUSBAND A VISUAL TOUR OF THE 4-O WILDLIFE AREA AFTER ITS ACQUISITION USING, IN PART, STATE GRANT FUNDING FROM THE RECREATION AND CONSERVATION OFFICE WAS COMPLETED. THE WILDLIFE AREA IS NOW OPEN FOR ALL GENERAL HUNTING SEASONS AND FEATURES MILES OF ACCESS ALONG THE FISHY GRANDE RONDE RIVER. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

The 18 committees evaluate grant proposals for parks, trails, boating amenities, firearm and archery ranges and other outdoor recreation facilities. They also evaluate proposals to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms and forests.

“These grants really shape the recreational and conservation landscape in Washington,” said Megan Duffy, director of the recreation office. “We want volunteers with a variety of outdoor interests so we ensure we are representing all of Washington. We count on these volunteers to prioritize the many worthy projects requesting grant funding.”

The roughly 200 volunteer advisory committee members help the agency evaluate about 500 grant applications every 2 years.

The office is looking for volunteers with interest in recreating on or protecting public land, experience buying and developing land or experience conserving forests and farms. Advisory committee members must be available to spend up to a week every 2 years reviewing grant applications and providing suggestions to applicants to help them improve their proposals.

Participation on the committee takes place online and stipends may be provided to eligible members. Visit the Recreation and Conservation Office’s Web site to learn more about the various advisory committees. Applications are due Aug. 6.