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It's Time to Vote for the Bylaws!
"I am excited about the strategic plan 'renovation' and encouraged that so many members have contributed to the process. The Board has done a great job keeping the members well informed and up to date. I am looking forward to working with the new networks and support the direction WRPA is headed!" Dan Acker, Park Resource Section Chair, City of Bellevue
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Polls opened Aug. 21 and remain open until Sept. 11.
As part of the ongoing strategic planning process, the board approved the revised bylaws at the June 14 board meeting. Members will be asked to ratify the new bylaws by vote at the end of August. Visit the WRPA strategic plan Web page for updated maps, charts, bylaws and more. Please contact Jessi Bon, WRPA President, with your questions.
Sept. 28 is national public lands day
National Environmental Education Foundation
#NPLD20 is less than 40 days away! This year marks the 20th anniversary of the nation's largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. NPLD is a great opportunity to invite your community to take ownership in their local park and public lands by working on a volunteer effort together. You can register your site as an official NPLD location and then use NPLD's resources to promote your efforts! Make sure you register by Aug. 30 to ensure timely delivery of free resources.
Trails Plan update
Learn the latest news about the development of the draft Trails Plan and the draft plan for the Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities Program (NOVA). The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will be reviewing the drafts at its Sept. 11-12 meeting in Wenatchee. A 30-day public comment period is scheduled to begin shortly thereafter. See the draft reports here.
Sept. 26 State Parks Commission meeting
Citizens for Parks & Recreation
The State Parks Commission meets in Chelan on Thursday, Sept. 26 — a work session will be dealing with the issue of where do we go now on funding our state parks system. This is a critical point in moving forward for the restoration of our state parks system.
27th Annual National Boating Access Conference
States Organization for Boating Access
The Oregon State Marine Board cordially invites you to attend the upcoming 27th Annual National Boating Access Conference being held from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3, 2013 in Portland, Ore. This conference focuses on recreational boating access, including design challenges, environmental issues, boater demographics, and a host of other topics. Attendees will be coming from all around the country representing federal, state, and local governments that have responsibilities related to providing boating access to public waters.
Parks & Recreation Business Institute
Oct. 23, Tukwila: $120 early-bird member/$170 nonmember
The Business Institute offers a variety of intensive training workshops on important business practices that span all levels of parks and recreation professionals. Review the workshop descriptions in the program and pre-select your options to confirm your registration into a specific workshop. Space is limited. Early-bird registration ends Aug. 31. Register
Irrigation Repairs & Tree Safety workshops
Oct. 24, Tukwila: $60 member/$79 nonmember
9 a.m.-noon: Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems by Horizon's Irrigation Team. Basic troubleshooting of problems in controllers, valves and connections. 1-4 p.m. Tree Safety by Robert Williams and Associates. Discuss the concepts that are the basis of ANSI ISA Tree Risk Management, best management practices, and more. Register
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
WASLA & WRPA issues call for sessions proposals
The Washington Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects and the Washington Recreation & Park Association are issuing a Call for Proposals for our first joint conference. Submission deadline Sept 18.
Engage with us at the 2014 WASLA & WRPA Joint Conference and Trade Show at Magnuson Park April 8-11. Experience three full days of stellar educational sessions, empowering keynote speeches and innovative social experiences in a campus setting. Enjoy a unique event blending art, recreation, and landscape architecture into integrated indoor/outdoor experiences.
Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
$50 per posting for non-agency members. These job opportunities recently posted at the WRPA Career Center.
- Recreation Assistant, City of Fife
- Park Maintenance Supervisor, City of Medford
- Recreation Coordinator, City of Lacey
- Construction Manager, Bend Park & Recreation District
Campfire ban lifted for state parks in Western Washington
Washington State Parks
Washington State Parks announces it is lifting a ban on campfires in state parks in Western Washington, as the result of rain and forecasts of milder weather. State Parks is following the lead of Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, who announced he is lifting the ban on recreational fires in approved fire pits on forest lands under DNR fire protection, within state, county and municipal or other campgrounds in Western Washington. A ban on campfires and use of briquettes remains in place for all state parks in Eastern Washington.
Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids
The Associated Press
Four days a week this summer, lime green school buses loaded with games, books and computers rumbled through low-income neighborhoods south of Seattle. Their aim wasn't just to entertain kids — but to feed them.
State Parks Commission seeks members for snowmobile advisory committee
Washington State Parks
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for winter sports enthusiasts to serve on the Washington State Snowmobile Advisory Committee. The snowmobile committee has one position that will soon become vacant. The positions are open to a snowmobiler who lives in Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat or Benton counties (Area 5). Nominations must be received by Aug. 30. New appointments begin Oct. 1, for a term of three years.
Fishers reintroduced in Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Parks
Logging, trapping, and loss of habitat have left the Cascade Range without any fishers — forest-dwelling mammals that closely resembles martens and are members of the weasel family. But officials at Mount Rainier and North Cascades National Park are looking to change that with a plan to reintroduce 40 fishers per year over the next two years into suitable habitat in each park. The fishers would be captured from a "source population in Central British Columbia" and released into various parts of the Cascade Range.
Top pro BMX riders competing
The Snohomish Times
Several of the top pro BMX riders are competing in the McCollum Parks SCR/PRO-AM Race, on Saturday, Aug. 24, at McCollum Park BMX. Two of the BMX riders who will be competing reside in the Puget Sound Region. Josh Klatman resides in Port Orchard and is the current Single A Pro points leader. Lain Van Ogle resides in Auburn and is a six-time National Champion for his age group.
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