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OLYMPIA — The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board announced Tuesday the award of more than $126 million in grants to 333 projects across the state.

The grants awarded will help build and maintain outdoor recreation facilities and conserve wildlife habitat including working farms and forests.

A significant number of grants were awarded to projects in Mason and Thurston counties, totaling more than $15 million.

The grants were awarded through seven different grant programs. Revenue comes from a mix of federal grants, the sale of state bonds, gas taxes and user fees.

“The funding creates more places to play, expands habitat for fish and other wildlife, supports clean air and water, and upholds healthy communities across Washington state and improves our quality of life,” said Kaleen Cottingham, director at the Recreation and Conservation Office, which administers the grants.

In Mason County:

• $325,000 awarded to replace the irrigation system in the Mason County Recreation Area.

• $386,100 awarded to the Port of Allyn for buying land to create a boat launch staging area.

• $628,000 awarded to the Port of Allyn for developing the Grapeview Boat Launch.

• $500,000 awarded to the Squaxin Island Tribe for Enhancing Skookum Valley.

• $107,900 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for maintaining Tahuya 4x4 Trails.

• $185,200 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for maintaining Tahuya and Green Mountain Trails and Facilities.

• $1,259,317 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for protecting Kennedy Creek Natural Area.

In Thurston County:

• $843,000 awarded to the Capitol Land Trust for conserving Silver Creek Prairie Habitat.

• $427,990 awarded to the City of Olympia for building Grass Lake Nature Park Trail.

• $500,000 awarded to the City of Olympia building Lions Park Sprayground.

• $1,000,000 awarded to the City of Olympia for buying LBA Woods.

• $349,999 awarded to the City of Olympia for installing new surface and lights at Stevens Field.

• $1,100,000 awarded to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for conserving Oregon Spotted Frog.

• $3,000,000 awarded to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for enhancing South Sound Prairies.

• $930,000 awarded to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for redeveloping the Boston Harbor Launch.

• $290,000 awarded to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for renovating the Nisqually River Water Access Site.

• $115,500 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for caring for Capitol State Forest Trails, Trailheads, Picnic Areas and Campgrounds.

• $30,455 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for developing Capitol State Forest Non-Motorized Trails.

• $115,000 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for developing off-road vehicle trails in Capitol State Forest.

• $2,681,010 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for enhancing Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve.

• $197,500 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for funding Capitol State Forest Wardens.

• $146,300 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for improving the Margaret McKenny Campground and Trailhead.

• $193,200 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for maintaining Capitol State Forest off-road vehicle trails.

• $434,375 awarded to the Washington Department of Natural Resources for restoring South Sound Prairies.

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