FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|| May 15, 2015
|| Jim Dunwiddie, Director
Kitsap County Parks Department
Kitsap County Parks Stewardship
Program recognized with state award
(Port Orchard, WA) - The Kitsap County Parks
Department recently received the Environmental Stewardship Spotlight Award
from the Washington Recreation & Park Association. The commendation
recognizes the county’s Parks Stewardship Program, which coordinates
volunteers in Kitsap County parks including its large heritage parks.
“Kitsap County Parks Stewardship volunteers are THE backbone to the parks
system. Without their tireless work, dedication and investment, we wouldn't
have the recreational framework from which to enjoy these important elements
of Kitsap quality of life," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder,
chair of the Board of Commissioners. Parks Director Jim Dunwiddie agrees,
“Our community has benefited greatly through the unselfish volunteer time
and energy, which has been vital to the recent successes of Kitsap County
Stewardship volunteers accomplish many tasks including boardwalk
construction, invasive species removal, natural resource inventories, trails
maintenance, wetlands restoration, building kiosks and benches, serving as
lighthouse docents, and much more.
In 2014, 365 park volunteers, not including 30 groups of anywhere from four
to 150 individuals participating in work parties, contributed over 20,000 hours
of service to support county parks. Using the Independent Sector’s estimate
of $26.72 as the value of a volunteer hour in Washington state, Kitsap
County parks stewards contributed well over $1/2 million of added value to
the department and community, helping to maintain over 7,000 acres.
Parks Stewardship Coordinator Lori Raymaker commented, “This program would
not be possible without the support and guidance of all involved – including
the County Commissioners, all Parks staff, and the volunteers themselves!
Thanks to everyone for your contributions to such an amazing program.”
For more information on volunteering in county parks, trail maps and , visit
www.kitsapgov.com/parks/ or call 360.337.5350.
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