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Risk Management School
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Jan. 14-16, Bellevue: $249 member/$299 nonmember | Register
Returning and first-year students will learn from risk management industry leaders important core competencies and emerging trends specific to municipalities. In 2014, our trend programming emphasizes crisis communications, crisis management and active shooter situations, in response to the increase in frequency of these occurrences.

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2014 WASLA/WRPA Joint Conference & Trade Show — Keynotes!
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Register | Early bird rates available through Jan. 15, 2014
As one of the highlights to the upcoming joint conference this April, conference attendees will enjoy three dynamic speakers who will provide engaging addresses over the three day conference. Arrangements are still being finalized for Thursday's keynote address, but please take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the speakers for Wednesday and Friday.

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WRPA Advocacy News


Report: Parks system can't survive without taxpayers
Herald Net
A new report spotlights an inconvenient truth for lawmakers about Washington's public parks system: It cannot survive without help from the state's taxpayers. The agency is reeling from deep budget cuts and needs a reliable source of funds because it may never be able to live as lawmakers desire — solely on money collected from park visitors. That's the conclusion of a nine-page analysis delivered in November.
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Proposed grant changes
RCO
The Recreation and Conservation Office is proposing to change program policies and evaluation criteria used to award grants for outdoor recreation projects. The changes are in response to a recent update of the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, State Trails Plan, and Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Account Plan and staff recommendations. If approved, the proposed changes would apply to new grant applications in 2014.
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WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings

Job advertising is free for all WRPA agency members
$50 per posting for nonagency members. These job opportunities were recently posted at the WRPA Career Center:
  • Maintenance Mechanic, Everett
  • Site Lead, Winter Youth Basketball, Issaquah
  • Yoga Instructor, Kirkland

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Parks need a cash infusion
The Bellingham Herald
When the state Legislature reconvenes in January, it will face a number of financial challenges, none more difficult than what to do about the state parks system. In 2009, while lawmakers were slashing budgets at the heart of the recession, state parks were pushed toward a self-funding system. The experiment achieved moderate success, but a new report from the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission makes it clear that state parks can never survive on user fees alone.
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Mount Rainier volunteer program sees drop in hours worked in 2013
The News Tribune
While the number of volunteers who worked at Mount Rainier National Park this year remained steady, the number of hours worked declined dramatically. In his annual report, volunteer coordinator Kevin Bacher said the number of volunteers this year was 1,784 people, down 1.1 percent from the 1,804 count in 2012.
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5 trails to keep you hiking even in winter
The Herald of Everett
The snow is piling up in the mountains, but that's no reason to leave your hiking boots in the closet for the winter. Craig Romano, a guidebook author and expert on the trails of Washington, recommends five hikes for winter adventures. These trails should be hikeable all year, except in extreme weather. Romano also shares his tips for making sure you have a safe, fun trip.
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WRPA Event Calendar


Your resource for dynamic professional development leadership and networking opportunities focused on best practices to promote excellence in the profession.
DateEventSponsorLocation
2014
Jan. 14*Risk Management SchoolWRPABellevue
Jan. 23WRPA Legislative Day on the HillWRPAOlympia
Feb. 14King County Directors MeetingWRPASeattle
Feb. 23PNW Resource Management SchoolINPRAPort Townsend
Feb. 26Facility Section MeetingWRPAIssaquah
Mar. 3Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion
Mar. 6Leadership Forum (Formerly P3)WRPATBD
Mar. 7WRPA Executive Board MeetingWRPANorth Bend
April 8*WASLA and WRPA
Joint Conference & Trade Show
Seattle
May 14Facility Section MeetingWRPASeattle
Oct. 23*Business InstituteWRPATukwila
Nov. 12Certified Playground Safety InspectorWRPABellevue Red Lion

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

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