The Recreation and
Conservation Office (RCO)
is a small 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.
The office supports the following organizations:
- Recreation and Conservation Funding Board (RCFB)
- Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB)
- Invasive Species Council
- Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
- Habitat and Recreation Lands Coordinating Group
Together, this collection of boards and offices provide leadership, funding, and technical assistance.
A Billion Dollar InvestmentSince the agency began in 1964, it has awarded more than $1.7 billion in grants to nearly 7,500 projects. Since 1990, the agency averages 230 grant awards for $60 million every fiscal year.
Doubling the State’s Investment
RCO doesn’t do the work alone. Since 1964, grant recipients have contributed more than $950 million in matching resources, making the total investment in Washington's great outdoors top $2.6 billion.
Wendy Brown, policy director
Patty Dickason, Public Records Officer