Washington Governor Inslee releases 2023-25 outside recreation finances | Outdoorsnw


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released his 2023-25 ​​biennial budget with a slew of new spending on outdoor recreation, according to a release from the governor’s office for outdoor recreation and economic development.

The press release notes the following expenses related to outdoor recreation:

  • $2 million for fleet and equipment electrification

  • $1 million for cultural resource management

  • $792,000 for improved customer service

  • $1.12 million to support DEI in Parks

  • $600,000 Miller Peninsula Park Plan

  • $2.5 million for recreation area maintenance

  • $1.3 million for climate resilient parks

  • $1.59 million for land recovery impact management

  • $1.31 million including trail system

  • capital budget: $1M Fort Worden PDA Geothermal Heater, $4.78 Cape Disappointment Welcome Center, $574,000 Lake Chelan Moorage Dock, $2.25M Blake Island Marine Facilities, $5.95M Sun Lakes – Dry Falls Visitor Center, $2M ADA Statewide Compliance, $2.77M Fort Worden PDA Fire Alarm System, $1.4M Palouse to Cascades Trail Structures, $2.49M -$ Palouse to Cascades Kittitas Depot, $2.46M Nisqually Day Use, $35.7M Nisqually New Full Service Park, $450,000 Saltwater Green Vision Project

  • $312,000 for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

  • $312,000 tribal liaison and outreach

  • $372,000 Rec and Information Center for Public Lands

  • Changes in expenses for the youth sports facility account*

  • capital budget: $120 million Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, $10.7 million youth sports facilities, $5.71 million aquatic improvement, $7.79 million community forest grants, $14 million Springwood Ranch in Kittitas County, $2 million Upper Quinault River restoration

  • $940,000 Marine Mammal Surveys in the Salish Sea

  • $1.64 million worth of salmon and steelhead surveillance

  • $570,000 crab fishery and humpback whales

  • $5.3 million to build a climate-resilient WDFW

  • $4.81 million emerging toxins in Chinook and Orca

  • $2.7 million for fisheries compliance

  • $3 million to reintroduce salmon from Upper Columbia

  • $696,000 for Justice, Anti-Racism (PEAR)

  • $814,000 to oversee shellfish harvest

  • $1.31 million to address impacts on state lands

  • $645,000 zooplankton monitoring program

  • capital budget$17.2M Wallace River Hatchery, $17.3M Toutle River Fish Concentration Facility, $71M Duckabrush Estuary Habitat Restoration, $38M Spokane Hatchery Renovation, $18.5M Naselle Hatchery Renovation , $12 million Deschutes Watershed Center, $2 million Tumwater Falls History and Nature Center

  • $1.5 million for community forests

  • $4.97 million for partnerships with the Conservation Corps

  • $1 million for the climate resilience strategy

  • $5.91 for urban treetops

  • $1.43 million for Growing Roots: Tribal Work and Engagement

  • $160,000 for use of natural areas in a one-time Natural Resource Conservation Management Account (NRCA).

  • $7.78 million to protect land and tribal rights

  • $2.06 million for reforestation strategy

  • capital budget: $10.6 million revitalizing land transfers, $2.39 million for safe and sustainable recreation, $4.01 million for natural area facilities and protections, $6.39 million for Whiteman restoration Cove, $3.06 million for structurally deficient bridges, $61 million for state trust land replacement

  • $15 million to advance and complete proposed bicycle and pedestrian projects

  • $5 million for the department to upgrade infrastructure as security needs arise

  • $3.0 million to construct pedestrian signals at nine locations on State Route 7 in Pierce County to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians and other active road users

  • $50,000 for City of Pullman Railbanking and Trail Reservation

  • capital budgett: (local/community projects, recreation and conservation): $4M Memorial Stadium (Seattle), $2M ASUW Shell House (Seattle), $300,000 Sue Bird and Lenny Wilkens statues (Seattle), $1.85 million Nespelem Community Longhouse (Nespelem), $4.3 million grant program for youth recreation facilities