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- RCO Considers Changes to Grant Program - NEW!
- Salmon Recovery Grants Workshop March 26 - NEW!
- Apply Now for Recreation, Conservation Grants - NEW!
- RCO Prepares State Lands Inventory - NEW!
- Governor Appoints Two New Board Members - NEW!
- Buying a Property without a Signed Contract with RCO?
- New rules for accessibility to the great outdoors
- Is your Proposed Project on State Owned Aquatic Lands?
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RCO Considers Changes to Grant Programs
The Recreation and Conservation Funding Board will consider amendments to Title 286 of the Washington Administrative Code at its April 16 meeting.
The purposes of the changes are to:
- Change the agency's name from the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation to the Recreation and Conservation Office or the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.
- Revise the general grant assistance rules for grant application procedures and deadlines, matching shares, and retroactive costs.
- Change the planning eligibility for applicants from five to six years in the boating facilities program.
- Revise the long-term grant compliance requirements for projects funded in the firearms and archery range recreation program.
The proposed amendments can be found in the Washington State Register issue number 14-06 and the RCO rule making Web page. The agenda and meeting materials for the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board meeting can be found on the meeting Web page.
A public hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., April 16, 2014, in Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street S.E., Olympia, WA 98504.
Comments on the rule-making may be submitted in writing in advance of the meeting or presented orally at the public hearing.
Submit written comments by April 15, 2014 to:Leslie Connelly, Policy Specialist
Recreation and Conservation Office
P.O. Box 40917
Olympia, WA 98504-0917 Fax (360) 902-3026
Assistance for people with disabilities: Contact Cindy Gower by April 15, 2014, TTD (360) 902-1996 or (360) 902-3013.
Apply Now for Recreation, Conservation Grants
RCO has begun accepting grant applications to build parks, trails boating facilities and shooting ranges, as well as grants to conserve wildlife habitat and working farms.
These grant programs are the largest source of state funding for many of Washington's outdoor recreation experiences, and the only state funding aimed at conserving working farms.
Outdoor recreation brings jobs and money to Washington. A national report noted that active outdoor recreation contributes more than $11 billion annually to Washington's economy, supports 115,000 jobs across the state and generates $650 million in annual state tax revenue and $8.5 billion annually in retail sales and services across Washington.
RCO is offering grants in the following categories:
- Boating – Grants to acquire, develop, and renovate facilities including launching ramps, guest moorage and support facilities for motorized boats and other watercraft.
- Parks – Grants to buy land and develop parks, ball fields, sports courts, outdoor swimming pools and waterfront access areas for the public.
- Shooting Ranges – Grants to buy land, develop and renovate firearm ranges and archery training and practice facilities.
- Trails – Grants to maintain and develop trails.
- Farmland Preservation – Grants to preserve valuable farmland.
- Wildlife Habitat Conservation – Grants to conserve significant natural areas or habitat for plants and animals. This includes grants to protect areas along streams and waterways.
Salmon Recovery Grants Workshop March 26, 2014
Are you interested in applying for a salmon recovery planning, restoration, or conservation acquisition project? If you are a new grant applicant or simply need a refresher on the Salmon Recovery Funding Board grant application process, policies, and procedures, we highly recommend that you attend an online training from the convenience of your office. You'll watch a live presentation on your computer and listen from your telephone, or use a speakerphone for multiple listeners.
- Overview of PRISM
- Project eligibility
- Grant and application requirements
- Application process
- Project expectations and deliverables
- Grant Round Schedule
- Opportunity for questions and answers with a SRFB grant manager
Training Date: March 26, 2014, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
RCO Prepares State Lands Inventory
RCO is required by the 2013-15 Capital Budget proviso (Section 3174 of Engrossed Senate Substitute Bill 5035) to provide a centralized inventory of lands in Washington owned by federal, state, and local governments, and by Native American tribes. Here is a status report.
Governor Appoints Two New Board Members
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Mike Deller, a Mukilteo resident, to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board and Samatha "Sam" Mace, a Spokane resident, to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Deller recently retired from the Trust for Public Land, where he was the Washington State director. Before that, he had a distinguished career in the banking industry, serving as president of two banks in Everett. He also was the executive director of the Port of Everett and worked in the real estate industry.
Deller also is active in his community, participating in a variety of organizations focused on conservation, recreation, environmental, economic development, education, and health issues. Deller has served as director of many organizations, including the Snohomish County Economic Development Council, Everett Community College Foundation, YMCA of Snohomish County, Everett Golf and Country Club, and both the Everett Area and the South Snohomish County Chambers of Commerce.
“We’re very excited to welcome Mr. Deller to the funding board,” said Kaleen Cottingham, RCO director. “He is passionate about having public spaces for recreation and conservation and understands the importance of making investments today to ensure that Washington remains a great place to live, work and play.”
The Salmon Recovery Funding Board welcomed Sam Mace. She has extensive professional and volunteer experience in conservation policy and natural resource issues. She is the Inland Northwest director for the Save our Wild Salmon Coalition, where she is responsible for policy, media and outreach for Inland Northwest salmon issues for a coalition of sport fishing groups and businesses, commercial fishing associations, conservation groups and other organizations working to restore wild salmon and steelhead to the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Before joining the coalition, Mace held a long list of other jobs in the conservation world, including working for Trout Unlimited, the Washington Wildlife Federation, the Idaho Wildlife Federation and the ForestWater Alliance in Washington, D.C. She also has been a volunteer on many conservation efforts.
“Sam's understanding of the issues surrounding the plight of salmon and the many businesses and families that rely on healthy salmon populations will be a great asset to the board," Cottingham said. "Her knowledge of eastern Washington also will bring a valuable perspective to our work.”
Other Board Members: Bob Cusimano was appointed by the director of the Department of Ecology to represent that agency on the Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
Buying a Property without a Signed Contract with RCO?
You will need a “waiver of retroactivity” if you plan to purchase land before having a signed RCO grant contract in hand. See Section 2 of Manual 3 for information on how to request a waiver of retroactivity.
New Rules for Accessibility to the Great Outdoors
The Federal Access Board just released final rules, which spell out the newest requirements for accessibility to the great outdoors for federal agencies and some federally-funded facilities. These guidelines have been in the federal rule-making process since 1999 and RCO’s accessibility specialist, Rory Calhoun, was one of the members of a national committee working on the rules.
The final rules, which take effect in November, apply to federal agencies and not directly to state and local governments right now. However, RCO requires sponsors to use the most current draft or final rules when designing and building facilities not covered by building codes or Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The new rules are the ones to use to ensure accessibility for outdoor recreation facilities and trails for future projects (when the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act standards or building codes don’t apply). Visit the Access Board Web site for more details.
Is your Proposed Project on State Owned Aquatic Lands?
If you are planning a development or restoration project that is located over, or in, a navigable body of water (State Owned Aquatic Lands) please remember to consult with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) early in your process. All marine waters are, by definition, navigable, as are portions of rivers influenced by tides. Navigable rivers and lakes are those determined by the judiciary, those bounded by meander lines, or those that could have been used for commerce at the time of statehood.
DNR aquatic land managers will help you determine if your project will fall on state-owned aquatic lands and provide more information on the department's authorization process.
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