Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz on Investing in Our Rural Communities

Washington is rich in natural resources, and I’m investing in ways to make sure those assets are serving the communities they surround. This month, my team and I announced a $3.5 million funding package for our first crop of projects that will create dozens of new jobs and preserve hundreds more.

Through our Rural Communities Partnership Initiative, we’re securing funding to re-open an alder mill in Raymond, help oyster growers manage burrowing shrimp in Pacific County, build a facility in Ilwaco to remove and recycle derelict vessels, and train a new generation of natural resource workers in Kalama.

We’re working with several other communities across Washington to launch similar partnerships. Stay tuned and share your ideas for boosting our state’s rural communities at dnr.wa.gov/rcpi. See more in our video to the right.