OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will begin accepting applications Jan. 2 from individuals and groups seeking financial support for volunteer projects that benefit fish and wildlife.
The department expects to award about $120,000 in grants from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) for projects undertaken between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007.
ALEA grants may fund up to five major categories of projects conducted by volunteers. These include artificial production, education and outreach, facility improvements, research and habitat restoration projects.
“Volunteers play a key role in protecting fish, wildlife and natural resources in their communities,” said Christy Vassar, WDFW public support manager. “They also work to improve access to outdoor recreation and help educate the public about resource conservation.”
Applications will be accepted until March 31. They are available on the WDFW website (http://wdfw.wa.gov/volunter/vol-7.htm) or by calling the department at (360) 902-2700.