WDFW Land Acquisition Proposals Available Online

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Current proposals by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to acquire land for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation are now on view on the department’s website.

Jennifer Quan, WDFW lands division manager, said the new webpage is designed to give the public an opportunity to learn about land-acquisition proposals before the department seeks funding sources in spring and summer.

Details of 21 proposed land acquisitions, identified by the department as priorities for future funding, are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/acquisitions/. Previous acquisitions and those already under way are not included on the website.

The web page offers an opportunity to take a ‘virtual tour’ of our land-acquisition proposals, we recently presented these proposals at the state’s annual Land Acquisition Coordinating Forum and now want to share the proposed projects with a broader group of citizens. - Quan

The statewide forum brings together state agencies, local governments, non-governmental organizations, tribes, landowners and other citizens to share ideas about state land actions for habitat and recreation purposes. More information on the forum is available at http://www.rco.wa.gov/boards/hrlcg.shtml

Federal grants available for shooting-range projects

OLYMPIA - Shooting clubs and range operators have until June 30 to apply for federal grants to construct, maintain or expand public shooting-range facilities in Washington state.

The grants are coordinated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and are awarded each year through the department’s Shooting Range Program. Approximately $50,000 in competitive grants are expected to be awarded this year, with individual awards ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

Prospective applicants must attend a May 1 grant-writing workshop. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held at the Washington Cattlemen’s Association building, 1301 North Dolarway Rd., Ellensburg. 

Flu preparedness: Washington eligible for $7,361,687 in federal grants

OLYMPIA ¾ Washington is eligible to receive $7,361,687 in federal grants as it prepares to battle both swine flu (pandemic H1N1 influenza) and seasonal flu this fall and winter.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement after hosting a summit in the Washington, D.C., area last week to plan for the upcoming flu season.

Washington's allocation includes $5,471,687 for Public Health Emergency Response. That's for work such as preparing for potential vaccination campaigns, reducing swine flu virus exposure, and improving flu monitoring and investigations. The state is also eligible for $1,890,430 for health care preparedness to help hospitals and other health care facilities plan for emergencies.