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- Salmon Recovery Grants Workshop March 26 - NEW!
- RCO Prepares State Lands Inventory - NEW!
- Governor Appoints Mukilteo Resident to State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board - 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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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 Mukilteo Resident to State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board
Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Mike Deller, a Mukilteo resident, to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.
The board awards about $94 million in grants statewide every biennium for the development of parks, trails, boating and other outdoor recreation facilities and for the conservation of wildlife habitat and working farms.
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, director of the Recreation and Conservation Office, which supports the funding board in its work. “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.”
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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