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The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (PNW-ISA) is looking forward to featuring a multitude of informative and provocative presentations, inspiring plenary speakers, and unlimited networking opportunities complementing the conference theme “People and Trees: Adapting to Change”. Please visit this link to learn more about what types of presentations are in demand (along with submission details and requirements). For further questions, contact Christina Pfeiffer via e-mail or by phone at 206.954.0690 or Bess Bronstein via e-mail or by phone at 360.265.1886. Proposals are due by February 20, 2017!
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LAST CALL: If you have not yet registered for the annual “Great Outdoors Day” co-sponsored by WRPA and the WWRC, and scheduled for Feb. 13, it’s getting down to crunch time! We will have a morning briefing, noon-hour speakers (all four confirmed), and an evening reception at the Governor’s Mansion. You also will have a chance to meet with your lawmakers and cover key priority issues for WRPA and your organization.
The State Senate played the role of scene stealer in Week 3 of the 2017 Session. At the start of the week, Republican Majority Senator (Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Ferry County/7th Dist.) resigned to take a Trump Administration job, leaving the Senate effectively in a 24-24 tie until a replacement is appointed. By mid-week, another Senator (Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale/42nd Dist.) had accepted a Communications Director job tied to the revamping of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And by Friday morning, Senate Republicans had rolled out their proposed education funding plan and queued it up for a Monday afternoon hearing. Hours later, with one Senate Republican permanently gone and another bound to be gone often, Senate Democrats tried to set the wheels in motion on a takeover of the Senate Floor.
We are excited to announce that the call for nominations is now open for the Washington Recreation and Park Association. The following three Board positions are up for election:
All three positions are 3-year terms. The Vice President position moves into President Elect, then President, for a total of three years. After confirmation by the Board, a slate of candidates will be voted on by the WRPA membership in March 2017.Review the WRPA Bylaws to read the description for each position. Consider nominating a peer or submit yourself! The deadline to complete the nomination form (we need to create a new nomination form for 2017) is Friday, February 3rd.
The 2017 session of the Washington State Legislature is off and running!
Legislative Work Sessions
REMINDER: There’s still time to register for the annual “Great Outdoors Day” co-sponsored by WRPA and the WWRC, and scheduled for Feb. 13. We will have a morning briefing, noon-hour speakers (three of four confirmed), and an evening reception at the Governor’s Mansion. And of course, you’ll have a chance to meet with your lawmakers and cover key priority issues for WRPA and your organization!
Week 2 of the Session began with a large rally on K-12 education funding, which, of course, was not as multiple-city in reach or as massive in size as the national marches for women that closed the week. Still, it cast an even brighter spotlight on education funding and intensified the questions and interest from the media and the public.
November 22, 2016
The Honorable Jay Inslee
Openings on Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB):
The Governor is looking for people to serve on the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, a statewide board that awards grants to create recreation opportunities and conserve wildlife habitat, and working farms and forests. If you are interested or know someone who would make a great board member, please see details for how to apply here: Recreation and Conservation Funding Board Member Recruitment.
The Washington State Parks Recreational Boating Program is working to partner with county and city Parks and Recreation Departments as we strive to build a culture of safety and increase boating participation. Paddlesports (canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and rowboat) have been growing in both popularity and numbers, leading the Boating Program to focus on how we can help make paddlesports safer in Washington State. As we work to gather more information, we would like to learn more about the involvement of local parks and recreation programs with paddlesports. We have created a Washington Parks and Recreation Paddlesport survey and would appreciate you taking the time to fill it out: Washington Parks and Recreation Paddlesport Survey
Enter to win a free trip to NAYS Youth Sports Congress in Orlando this November. The Youth Sports Congress is a four-day comprehensive educational conference for youth sports administrators, park and recreation professionals, military youth sports directors, representatives from YMCA/YWCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, private leagues and others to discuss cutting edge topics in the field of youth sports. Prize includes full conference registration, three (3) nights in a conference hotel, $300 airfare or travel reimbursement, and $45 per day for meals and other expenses. Contest ends August 31. Entry form: http://www.nays.org/congress/giveaway/
The Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is accepting grant applications through PRISM Online for trails, boating facilities, and shooting ranges. These grant programs are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington's outdoor recreation experiences.
WWRP: On Wednesday, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB) voted unanimously to forward to the Governor’s Office and OFM a $120 million recommendation for the 2017-19 WWRP funding level. The Coalition did a very good job of bring Board Members to the meeting to testify in strong support and speak to indicators such as population growth, construction activity, the strength of the outdoor recreation economy, etc. Vice-Chair Deborah Jensen (former Woodland Park Zoo CEO), State Policy Chair Marc Berejka (REI), Hannah Clark (WA Association of Land Trusts), and Tom Bugert (The Nature Conservancy) all testified. I put in a supportive plug for the $120M figure as well in our testimony, after we got through our YAF presentation. Board Members all felt like $120M was a fair and representative ‘ask’ to aspire to in light of the indicators. While it likely will be very difficult to hold this $120M level in the Governor’s Budget, but the $120M figure helps drive up the expectation for the Governor’s proposal and helps position all of us in a positive way on WWRP.
YAF: On Wednesday, the RCFB – though not w/o some discussion and concern – voted unanimously to forward to the Governor’s Office and OFM a $12 million recommendation for the 2017-19 YAF funding level. Particularly instrumental on this one was Board Member Pete Mayer, who made the motion and recommendation to go to $12M. New Board Member Michael Shiosaki also made excellent comments in support, as did the Board Chair, Ted Willhite. We had met with and/or communicated by phone with all five (5) Board Members (the others are Mike Deller, retired bank and Port executive and Board Member with the Trust for Public Land; and Betsy Bloomfield who is Executive Director of the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy). Folks, this represents a HUGE commitment by the Board especially considering that in the May 2016 competitive grant round there were only 22 YAF applications covering $4.7M worth of ‘asks.’ We spent a significant part of our testimony taking on the “elephant in the room” and discussing why that happened, the reasons and why a $12M funding recommendation made sense – drawing on the rationale from our Board letter to Kaleen Cottingham (ATTACHED). I also brought up feedback from our Board and LEG Committee Members – perhaps looking at $500K allowable max vs. $250K, the difficulty of the May 2016 application window on this one, and the restriction on allowable uses (existing vs. anything new). Eric Friedli did an excellent job of speaking to this from a Park Director’s perspective – population growth, field demand, new sports leagues/organizations vying for field space, cost and expense of building year-round fields, etc. As the Board discussed our request, they talked about understanding the overall need albeit with worries about how few applications were submitted. Betsy Bloomfield at one point suggested perhaps a $10M funding level to match what was in the 2015-17 Capital Budget. Kaleen Cottingham did an excellent job helping the discussion along and proposing with input from her staff, that a supplemental grant round could be held, preceded by a binding “Letter of Intent” process to get an eligible and committed pool of applicants. In the end, the vote was guided by Pete Mayer’s motion, Michael Shiosaki’s second of the motion, and some comments by the Board Chair that he was comfortable with the $12M figure.
While this is absolutely terrific news on both the WWRP and YAF fronts, folks, I cannot emphasize enough that we have a lot of work to do over the next several months, and important work to do. The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board went out on a limb on our request, and is showing confidence that there WILL be a fuller pool of applicants to fill out a $12M grant-funding pool if indeed the Governor recommends that level and the 2017 Legislature does the same in its 2017-19 budget. For the credibility of our organization and the future of the YAF program, it is going to be very, very important that we deliver on this.
OLYMPIA –The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is looking for volunteers to evaluate grant proposals for boating, shooting facilities and backcountry trails.
1) Proposed policy changes for the NOVA program consist of the following:
2) Proposed policy changes to the NOVA and RTP consist of the following: