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Recreation and Conservation Office

RCO is a state agency that manages grant programs to create outdoor recreation opportunities, protect the best of the state’s wildlife habitat and farmland, and help return salmon from near extinction.

For more information on RCO, go to: http://www.rco.wa.gov/

Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) This program increases public recreation, shoreline access, environmental protection and other public benefits associated with state aquatic lands. This is accomplished through grants to public entities.

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Farmland Preservation Grant Program Counties and cities may use the grants to preserve viable farmland, enhance the ability of the preserved farmland to provide agricultural production, improve or restore the ecological functions of the preserved farmland, including providing benefits to fish and wildlife.

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Riparian Habitat Protection Grant Program The program is aimed at protecting, enhancing, or restoring riparian habitat. Certain state agencies, local governments, and lead entities created under the Salmon Recovery Act (RCW 77.85) will be eligible to receive grants in the new program.

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Salmon Recovery Funding Board The Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) administers state and federal funds for salmon recovery efforts. The Board provides funds in the form of competitive grants for salmon habitat protection and restoration projects.

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