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Free workshop on Municipal Tree Risk
Wednesday, June 11 | 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources Urban & Community Forestry program will hold a workshop on Municipal Tree Risk at the Hillcrest Lodge in Hillcrest Park in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, June 11 from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. The focus of the workshop is to provide city and county staff the information and background they need to address and mitigate tree-related risks. Lecture sessions will be followed by a field session in the afternoon.
Lunch is not provided — attendees should bring their own.

The workshop is free; however we would like to limit attendance to approximately 30 participants. To reserve a place at the workshop, please RSVP by sending an email to urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, June 6. Please write "RSVP for Mt. Vernon workshop" in the subject line of your message, and indicate the names and titles of those planning to attend in the body of the message.

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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings


New positions added to the WRPA Job Board
The following job opportunities recently became available:
  • Volunteer Coordinator, City of Sammamish
  • Seasonal Recreation Leader, City of Tukwila
  • Director of Parks and Recreation, City of Ashland, Oregon

  • View the WRPA Career Center to see more.

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    This Just In


    Share your opinion on outdoor recreation in Washington
    The Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation is looking for ways to improve outdoor recreation in Washington and would like your opinion. The task force has posted two new questions to its online town hall and would like your thoughts:
    1. Should the state leave outdoor recreation marketing and tourism to the private sector, or play a specific role?
    2. How can we help activate Washington's innovative outdoor gear and clothing companies?

    If you've got some ideas, we'd love to hear them. To participate, just click on the question and join your neighbors in the online town hall.

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    Participating in Park and Recreation Month? Add your name to the list!
    Whether you're hosting a big event, hanging up Park and Recreation Month posters or celebrating all month long, add your agency's information to our Park and Recreation Month events page. We'll be compiling the information into an interactive map so the public can find your events and so that you are identified as a Park and Recreation Month participant. Stay tuned to the Park and Recreation Month website as we'll be adding more items to our toolkit and announcing this year's contest! Learn more.
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    Post a listing on the ExperienceWA website ... for free!
    Hopefully by now you've heard about the re-launched ExperienceWA website. Every tourism-related business in Washington is eligible for a FREE listing on the website. Not only will it draw traffic to your business or destination, your listing will also improve the usefulness of the site to visitors, and increase your overall site SEO. It's a win-win for everyone!

    To claim your free listing and learn more about the advertising opportunities available on ExperienceWA, contact Mike Moe at Mike@watourismalliance.com or Lisa Schwartz at Lisa.Schwartz@milespartnership.com.

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    State surveys boaters on marine parks, moorage
    The Spokesman-Review
    The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is asking boaters to help the agency better understand how boaters use state marine parks and provide their views on possible changes to fees and policies for next year. A summary of results will be posted on the agency's webpage in July.
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    State joins Nisqually Tribe to develop 1,300-acre park in foothills
    The Oregonian
    Washington will develop a new 1,300-acre state park in the Mount Rainier foothills, about a 2.5-hour drive north of Portland/Vancouver. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Nisqually Indian Tribe recently signed a partnership agreement for the collaborative development of Nisqually State Park.
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    Kent seeks $1 million in grants to replace Lake Meridian Park dock
    Kent Reporter
    Kent city officials are trying to obtain $1 million in federal and state grants to help pay to replace the deteriorating swimming and fishing dock at the popular Lake Meridian Park. "The dock is at the end of its useful life, and its continuing decay becomes more difficult to address and consumes more and more of our maintenance resources," said Jeff Watling, city parks director.
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    WRPA Event and Education Calendar


    Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
    DateEventSponsorLocation
    Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
    Nov. 12-14Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion

    *WRPA recommended trainings to sustain your core competencies in parks and recreation

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