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Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Grants for Parks, Trails and Farmland and Wildlife Habitat

Volunteers Needed to Evaluate Grants for Parks, Trails and Farmland and Wildlife Habitat

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) is seeking volunteers to evaluate grant proposals that will help decide which parks and trails should be funded and what farmland and wildlife habitat should be conserved in the state.

RCO is looking to fill vacancies on nine advisory committees that will evaluate and rank grant proposals in the spring and summer of 2016 for all types of recreation around the state. Volunteers with expertise in project design or management, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, permitting, or property acquisition especially are encouraged to apply. Volunteers serve 4 years. Applications are due Oct. 30.

The following volunteers are needed:

  • One citizen and two local government volunteers for the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account program, which provides grants to buy and improve tidelands and shorelines for the public. The citizen volunteer should be familiar with aquatic lands restoration or protection and the local government volunteers should be familiar with recreation and public access interests.
  • Two citizen and three local government volunteers for the Land and Water Conservation Fund program, which provides grants to preserve and develop parks, trails and wildlife lands.
  • One local government and two citizen volunteers for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Local Parks category, which provides grants to acquire, develop and renovate local parks.
  • One citizen volunteer for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Habitat Restoration category, which provides grants to buy and restore shorelines and state-owned land. The volunteer should be familiar with habitat restoration and enhancement.
  • One volunteer for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Trails category, which provides grants to buy, develop and renovate non-motorized trails. The volunteer must have an interest in non-motorized, regional trails.
  • One citizen and two local government volunteers for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Water Access category, which provides grants to create access to shorelines for non-motorized, water-related recreation.
  • Two citizen volunteers for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s Farmland Preservation category, which provides grants to preserve working farms. Volunteers should be farmers actively managing farms or rangeland.
  • One local government volunteer for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s State Parks category, which provides funding to buy and develop state parks. The volunteer should have a statewide perspective on parks and recreation.
  • One citizen volunteer and three local government volunteers for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program’s State Lands Development and Renovation category, which provides grants to develop or renovate outdoor recreation facilities on state-owned land. The volunteers should have a statewide perspective on parks and recreation.

To Apply: Submit a completed application and support materials online to RCO by Oct. 30. For more information, contact Lorinda Anderson at 360-902-3009 or TTY 360-902-1996.

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