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RCO - Your Comments Needed

RCO - Your Comments Needed

Trail in the woods The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board would like your comments on the proposed changes to policies, which will affect projects funded in the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Account (NOVA) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in 2017.

1) Proposed policy changes for the NOVA program consist of the following:

  • Grant (Request) Limits
    • Raise the maximum grant limits from $100,000 to $200,000 for all project types in the Nonhighway Road and Nonmotorized Categories
    • Remove the annual $50,000 spending maximum for maintenance and operations projects.
  • NOVA Project Technical Review
    • Consider changes to the NOVA Advisory Committee application technical review process.
  • Applicant and Project Eligibility
    • Create eligibility criteria for a “non-profit off-road vehicle organization.”
    • Define “publicly-owned lands,” as it appears in Revised Code of Washington 46.09.530.
    • Establish control and tenure requirements for project proposals submitted by eligible nonprofits.

2) Proposed policy changes to the NOVA and RTP consist of the following:

  • Changing the definitions for, and eligible items within, maintenance, maintenance and operations, and development projects.

How to Comment
Comments are due by 5 p.m., June 1, 2016. Submit comments to policychanges@rco.wa.gov or mail to Recreation and Conservation Office, ATTN: Adam Cole, P.O. Box 40917, Olympia, WA 98504-0917.

Questions?
Adam Cole, natural resource policy specialist, 360-725-3939, TDD 360-902-1992

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