The Great Peninsula
Conservancy is not an environmental advocacy organization.
We are a 501(c) 3 nonprofit land trust governed by IRS regulations,
some of which place strict limits on our ability to do lobbying
and advocacy. Any such activity that we do undertake must
be very closely aligned with our mission. For example, when
the federal government considered undoing some of the tax
laws that pertain to donations of conservation land, the
land trust community as a whole took action and the Great
Peninsula Conservancy participated in that effort.
In order to accomplish our mission we must work with individuals
and entities on “both sides of the fence.” This
requires that we maintain a non-partisan perspective. We
need to build positive working relationships with environmentalists
and conservationists, local governments and tribes, farmers,
foresters, timber companies, real estate professionals,
and developers. We collaborate with landowners across the
While there are limits on our ability to be activists as
an organization, we can encourage individuals to become
educated about issues and take action. We direct individuals
to contacts with other groups and resources; and once educated
about issues, we encourage individuals to take action by
writing letters, making calls, attending meetings and hearings,
We hope that this web page will provide you with important
resources and links so that you can be informed and involved
in the issues that shape the long-term future of our community.
nest on the Pinch Property.
Wildlife and Recreation Program
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program is a state
grant program that provides funding for state and local
parks, trails, wildlife habitat and working farms. Since
its inception in 1980, the program has provided more than
$450 million to projects in Washington, $24 million of which
has come to Kitsap County, the most highly funded county
in the state.
The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition is seeking
to double the funding for the Washington Wildlife and recreation
grant program from $50 million to $100 million in the 2007-2009
state budget cycle. Requests for funds have increased 80%
in recent years and the need for setting aside recreation
areas and wildlife habitat has not decreased. As land prices
continue to escalate, now is the time to invest in these
special places that benefit us all, before they are gone
forever. This is an investment in our future, the quality
of life that we leave for our children and our grand children.
What can I do?
Click on the links to the right to learn more about this
program and how it has benefited our region and to contact
your legislators to ask them to support funding in the capitol
budget for the WWRP program.
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here to learn more about what projecs were funded and whats
here to learn about projects in Kitsap County
Click here to quickly and easily send a letter to your legislators