first_imgThe state Recreation and Conservation Office is being asked for almost 50 grants totaling about $32 million for trails, parks, fish and wildlife habitat and boat ramps for Southwest Washington in 2015.The RCO is a relatively little-known state agency that provides financing and technical assistance to build and maintain parks, trails, boating facilities, water access areas, firearms and archery ranges, off-road-vehicle areas, athletic fields and to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms.The agency, through its boards, averages awarding about 230 grants across Washington for $60 million each fiscal year. The source of the money is a plethora of programs dedicated to specific purposes.Among these sources are the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, state and federal salmon recovery dollars, and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and Recreational Trails Program.Applicants for grants to be spent in Clark, Skamania and Klickitat counties includes the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Gifford Pinchot National Forest, along with a variety of cities, port districts and conservation districts.Hundreds of grants applications from agencies throughout Washington are evaluated and ranked on a competitive basis. Projects getting funded depends on how much money is available for the upcoming financial period.last_img

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