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Washington Willdife & Recreation Coalition

Categories: Environment

The Coalition’s mission is to ensure robust funding for Washington’s great outdoors by unifying disparate voices through education and advocacy.

Executive Director

Christine Mahler


1402 3rd Ave Ste 507
Phone: (206) 748-0082
Email: [email protected]

Our connection to the outdoors is embedded in the culture of the Pacific Northwest. The splendor of our natural environment beckons us, defines us, and sustains us. As our population continues to grow, however, it is imperative that we protect and create more access to nature. If we don’t conserve our lands now, our natural landscapes, parks, farms, and forests will disappear forever. We will jeopardize the places that define our communities and improve our lives.

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC) is Washington’s chief advocate for local conservation and recreation projects across the state. For over 30 years, it has been the steadfast champion for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s largest public funding source for outdoor community projects. Residents from every corner of our state have felt the direct impact of our efforts to educate and advocate for the grant program. Because of the Coalition, new parks are created, wildlife habitat is preserved, working lands are protected, and much more. Driven by a commitment to inclusivity and collaboration, the Coalition fuels the visions of local communities.

To date, the Coalition has successfully leveraged over $1.5 billion in state, local, and private dollars through the WWRP grant program for over 1400 parks, trails, wildlife habitat, and working lands projects across the state.

In Pierce County, this includes 45 local parks (including Lakewood’s Springbrook Park and Tacoma’s Titlow Park), 17 trail projects (including the Foothills Trail and Mt Tahoma Ski Trail system), and 16 projects improving water access–or providing it for the first time (including Tacoma’s Chinese Reconciliation Park and Puyallup’s Veteran’s Park).

Additionally, the program has invested almost $12 million for wildlife and riparian habitat and more than $2 million for working farms and ranches in Pierce County. Altogether, Coalition has leveraged over $109 million in federal funding to improve the lives of Pierce County’s residents by protecting and improving their access to the great outdoors.


Annual Budget: $250,001 - $500,000

Number of Employees: 1-5

Accepts Volunteers: Yes