We are proud to share this CALL TO ACTION on behalf of our partners at Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.
Tell your legislators to fund vital outdoor recreation and conservation projects in your community!
Right now, the Washington State Legislature is in the midst of important budget negotiations, the outcome of which will impact the future of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s largest public funding source for outdoor community projects.
Increased funding for the WWRP is more important than ever, as more people move to Washington and our parks and trails are more crowded.
We’ve had great momentum towards our goal of $130 million for the WWRP: Governor Inslee’s budget included a record $115 million for WWRP and over 150 advocates participated in the Parks & Great Outdoors Legislative Day this month. But many critical projects will not be funded unless your legislators hear from you NOW.
Keep up the drumbeat of support for WWRP and tell your legislator to fund vital outdoor recreation and conservation projects in your community!
Dear Senator/Representative [Last Name]:
I’m reaching out today to urge you to fund the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP) at $130 million in the 2019-21 Capital Budget. The WWRP is a nationally recognized conservation and recreation grant program that has funded over 1,300 projects (including many in our district!) and leveraged over $1.4 billion statewide.
Increased funding for the WWRP is needed as Washington’s population is booming, wildlife habitat is threatened, and there is more demand for outdoor recreation than ever before. WWRP projects also address other state priorities including mental & physical health, childhood development & school performance, and salmon & orca recovery.
As an outdoor enthusiast, the WWRP is important to me and my community. I urge you to tell the Capital Budget-writer for your caucus that you want funding for projects in your district and $130 million for the WWRP.
Thank you for your support.
Todd Elsworth is one of the many “Mossy-haired lunatics roaming the dripping peninsulas”, described in “I’m Here for the Weather” by Tom Robbins. As executive director, he works to fulfill our mission to teach the health benefits of nature, promote outdoor recreation, and steward the places where we play.