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It's Time to Vote for the Bylaws!
"Thank you to the entire Executive Board and Strategic Planning Team and WRPA Staff for the work on the new strategic plan. This was not an easy process but with long hours and lots of self-reflection on a large agency that has lots of moving parts, the team was able to create and put forward to the membership a strong strategic plan to move WRPA into the future!" Megan Vining, District 6 Representative, City of Pullman
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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.
Amusement and recreation - Potential legislation for 2014
Attention! Department of Revenue is requesting comments concerning the attached bill draft for potential request legislation by Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. WRPA recommends you review the draft proposal to learn how this affects your operations and current practices. We have requested an in-person meeting with DOR and will keep members posted on developing news.
Policy: Co-sponsors needed for bill that increases money for LWCF State Assistance Program
A bipartisan group of Representatives took to heart the fact that July is Park and Recreation Month, and introduced a bill on July 18 that guarantees a minimum of 40 percent of all Land and Water Conservation Fund funding will be provided to the State Assistance Program. The introduction of this bill (H.R. 2727) stems from a meeting NRPA members from West Virginia had with Representative David McKinley (R-WV) at this year's Legislative Forum.
Kittitas County land purchases increase recreational opportunities
Ellensburg Daily Record
Camping, hunting, floating and fishing may soon become even more accessible in Kittitas County thanks in large part to a state-funded grant program. The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program has pledged nearly $3.5 million to help purchase 5,496 acres of land in the Manastash, purchase a six-mile stretch of shoreline in the Yakima River Canyon and create new access to the Yakima River near state Route 10. The three Kittitas County projects will receive a portion of $65 million the state Legislature allocated to WWRP in its 2013-15 capital budget.
Gang Prevention & Intervention grant
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice is requesting proposals for the Washington State Criminal Street Gang Prevention & Intervention Grant Program funding.
I-517 would establish various protections for persons who are gathering signatures or those signing the initiatives or referendums. The initiative would create penalties for those who interfere with these persons. WRPA encourages members to consult your perspective elected officials and legal departments. WRPA will not be taking a position on this initiative.
Cultural Competency Skill Building
Early-bird registration extended to Friday, Sept. 6.
Sept. 30, Bellevue: $135 member/ $165 nonmember
Increase your ability to effectively engage diverse communities. This interactive training provides a foundation for building individual and organizational cultural competence skills. Participate in exercises that help us get beyond cultural festivals and PC language to transforming our organizations to genuinely serve all members of our community. Walk away with resources and tools that can be used immediately.
Parks & Recreation Business Institute
Early-bird registration extended to Friday, Sept. 6.
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. Register
WRPA Member Highlights/Happenings
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
- Instructor — Outdoor Classes, City of Lacey
State Parks reaches management agreement at Fort Worden
The Bellingham Herald
Completing a process that took almost a decade, the State Parks and Recreation Commission has approved a 50-year lease and agreement to co-manage Fort Worden State Park with the Fort Worden Lifelong Learning Center Public Development Authority. Under the agreement, the authority will manage the campus portion of the park, while State Parks continues to manage the campground, trails, beach and other natural areas. State Parks remains the underlying land owner, and all areas will continue to be managed for public purposes.
Former Yale Reservoir logging road poised to become a trail
The Daily News Online
A portion of the old logging road along Yale Reservoir will be rebuilt as a hiking-biking trail, though most of the decaying route will be left as it is. The federal government has approved PacifiCorp's proposal for a 3.75-mile hiking-biking trail along the southeast shore of Yale Reservoir. The utility's 50-year license to operate the three dams on the North Fork of the Lewis River requires the trail.
Washington proposes fishing rule changes
Sportfishing rule changes proposed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be explained in a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the agency's regional office, 2315 N. Discovery Place in Spokane Valley. Public comments will be accepted through Oct. 31. One proposal calls for liberalizing the daily limit for walleye to 16 fish on the waters of the Sanpoil River inundated by Lake Roosevelt (the Sanpoil Arm) to decrease the overabundant walleye population and to align regulations with those for Lake Roosevelt.
15 tips to keep wild places wild
Whether you're looking for a challenge, long-lasting memories or unmatched views, Mount Rainier National Park's Wonderland Trail will take care of you. All it, or any trail for that matter, really asks in return is that you take care of it. Here are some tips for minimizing your impact on the trail.
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