WENATCHEE - Nearly $200,000 in wildfire education grant money has been given to Wenatchee’s Wildfire Project and Cascadia Conservation District. The $194,000 grant was awarded through the department of Commerce. Senator Brad Hawkins of East Wenatchee initiated a budget proviso “to promote education about wildfires to public school students of all ages, and to expand community outreach.”
“I could not be more proud of The Wildfire Project team and the many supporters who have engaged in this important community conversation. This continued funding is a positive affirmation that our state values the incredible work that was started right here following our tragic wildfires,” Hawkins commented.
“While The Wildfire Project continues to educate communities throughout our entire nation, we embrace the opportunity to affect real change by reaching more Washington communities. Educating our youth (Kids in the Forest field experience) in particular is how we will affect sustainable change,” notes Sara Rolfs, The Wildfire Project Coordinator.
The Cascadia Conservation District was also awarded a No Child Left Inside grant in the amount of $25,000 from the state to support various projects.
“These funds will serve thousands of students in North Central Washington over the next two years. Hands-on outdoor education programs like this connect our students to the natural world as well as local professionals and experts in natural resource management. Through these programs we hope to inspire the next generation to appreciate and care for their local and global environment,” said Amanda Newell, Education & Outreach Specialist for Cascadia Conservation District.
The Cascadia Conservation District is a non-regulatory entity established to provide landowners with technical and financial assistance with natural resource projects in all of Chelan County.
The Wildfire Project is part of a community effort to educate people and hopefully shift societal views regarding wildfires, according to project organizer Sara Rolfs.
“Our project focuses on how we as a society can shift our cultural views about fire and learn to embrace it as inevitable and crucial to the health of our landscapes. We are hoping we can help people learn to co-exist with fire more peacefully through learning, adapting and acting proactively.”