From the desk of Jon Snyder
Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development
Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Jay Inslee
Apr 7, 2020
Here’s my monthly round-up of interesting WA state outdoor recreation news. I apologize in advance for the large amount of info in this month’s email!
All the latest updates, including mask guidance: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
State public parks and land and fisheries closures have been extended to May 4 to coincide with the Governor’s Stay and Home order extension: State public lands agencies extend closures until May 4
Do you have a company that would like to help manufacture or supply Personal Protective Equipment or testing supplies?: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/how-you-can-help
Current guidance on outdoor recreation:
Unnecessary travel undermines the spirit the “Stay Healthy, Stay Home” order and creates new avenues for infection. The virus can spread anywhere at any time, even outdoors.
For right now, adventure can wait. Any outdoor activity should therefore adhere to these principles:
– Stay close by when going outdoors—if you need to take a car it’s probably too far.
– Don’t recreate with those outside your household.
– Practice strong social distancing and stay at least 6-feet apart when getting fresh air.
Resources for businesses and nonprofits:
Communities across the entire state have established COVID-19 assistance funds. AWB’s COVID-19 Resources page is particularly inclusive with a concise listing of many of these funds, including those specifically for nonprofits at https://www.awb.org/covid-19-resources/
Non-Profit Funding and Resources
- Washington Nonprofits
- DoorDash is offering at-cost or subsidized delivery for nonprofits. Fill out the form here.
- Innovia Foundation COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Funds
- Snohomish County Coronavirus Response Fund grants
- Seattle Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund – for community based organizations helping priority populations at the front lines of the crisis
- Orcas Island Community Foundation’s Community Emergency Response Fund
- Yakima Valley Community Foundation’s Resilience and Response Fund – Will give grants to nonprofit businesses. Stay tuned for further details.
- Community Foundation SW Washington COVID Response fund – See this page for details and email them if you think your nonprofit aligns with their fund’s purpose.
- Benton and Franklin county – Nonprofits in these counties helping with food and/or childcare can apply beginning March 25. Details and application link is found here.
- Bainbridge Community Foundation’s Community Response Fund – Granting limited financial resources to nonprofit organizations for urgent health and human service needs
- Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties – The Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund – Please fill out the Nonprofit Survey to be considered. For more details, please contact Melissa Rosscup at
Quick micro recap of 2020 leg session:
Governor vetoed over $250M of new expenditures due to the coronavirus crisis including:
State Parks: $500K new spending for No Child Left Inside Program (Crab Creek Trestle engineering was not vetoed)
RCO: $300K for land stewardship, $75k outdoor rec planning/future investment
WDFW: $500K commercial fishing buy-back, $300K elk fencing, $400k invasive species/boats, independent fisheries science review (Director Susewind: “The good news for us is that the primary appropriation method that the legislature adopted was not vetoed, and thus our structural deficit was resolved.”)
Significant bills that passed:
2601- Parks and Rec Leases
6592- Tourism Authorities
2587- Scenic Bikeways
5613- Road Vacation/body of water
2571- Fish and wildlife violations
6208- Bicyclists/stop signs
6210- Anti-fouling paints
6670- Discover Pass/libraries
Vetoed: 2723- Off-road vehicle enforcement
- Coronavirus land and facilities closures:
- 6 Reasons to Respect Recreation Closures During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Hunting and fishing closures:
- WA outdoor business switch manufacture PPE:
Outdoor companies start making masks (Eddie Bauer)
- Social distancing and the outdoors:
WA outdoor business news:
Hunting and Fishing news:
Groups want more time to comment on Columbia River Plan
None this month.
WSDOT 2020 City Safety Grants Require Local Road Safety Plans
Cities must have a local road safety plan grounded in systematic safety principles to be eligible to apply to WSDOT for approximately $25 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds. The deadline for application is April 16, 2020.
A local road safety plan is a data-driven analysis and prioritization of an agency’s roadways for traffic safety that addresses fatal and serious injury crashes and systemic safety needs. WSDOT has crash data available, including an analysis of pedestrian and bicyclist serious injuries and fatalities, and we provide technical assistance to support development of a plan.
LATEST COVID-19 UPDATES & RESOURCES: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
Outdoor recreation and Economic Development Senior Policy Advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee
Office: 360-902-0488 Mobile: 360-584-3804
As Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, Todd Elsworth promotes outdoor recreation and brings community together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. His decades of extensive event production, marketing and writing experience propel this passion. You might bump into him and his daughter Violet while they’re biking, hiking, paddling or skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.