Outdoors

CONSERVATION: State receives nearly $1 million for projects

The state will receive slightly more than $900,000 to fund outdoor recreation and conservation projects this fiscal year. Washington’s share was part of more than $43.3 million distributed among the 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. The money is coming from the Land Water Conservation Fund.

“Over its 50-year history, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped fund over 40,000 local conservation and outdoor recreation projects by reinvesting a small portion of revenue from offshore oil and gas development in waters owned by the American people,” Jewell said in a prepared statement. “These local projects — parks, ball fields, open spaces — play an important role in improving the health and vitality of urban areas, and protecting natural areas for future generations of Americans to enjoy.”

South Sound projects that have been supported by the federal fund include the municipal pool in Fife, a fishing pier in Tacoma, Harry Todd Park in Pierce County, Tenino Park, Lacey Community Park and Capital Lake Park in Olympia.

Park grant distribution

StateFY2014 GrantTotal since 1965

Washington$907,660$71,635,264.68

Oregon$657,659$55,755,694.62

Idaho$461,825$38,702,502.90

Alaska$393,719$34,994,971.91

U.S. total$43,389,666$3,978,426,990.47

Source: U.S. Interior Department

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