In 2021 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) created the Washington Watchable Wildlife Grant Program to support wildlife viewing opportunities and foster an appreciation for and stewardship of wildlife. WDFW’s Watchable Wildlife Program as defined by RCW 77.32.560 includes but is not limited to: Initiating partnerships with communities to jointly develop watchable wildlife projects, building infrastructure to serve wildlife viewers, assisting and training communities in conducting wildlife watching events, developing destination wildlife viewing corridors and trails, tours, maps, brochures, and travel aides, and offering grants to assist rural communities in identifying key wildlife attractions and ways to protect and promote them.
Grant is intended to:
- Create, improve, increase, and/or promote opportunities to view wildlife
- Benefit Washington wildlife and residents
- Increase awareness of wildlife conservation efforts in communities
- Increase community involvement in wildlife conservation