Mar 13, 201805:44 PMBlog

DNR to invest $3.5 million in rural Washington areas

Mar 13, 2018 - 05:44 PM

Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced that more than $3.5 million in investments from the Department of Natural Resources will be allocated to help rural Washingtonians.

The money will go toward four projects that were chosen out of over 80 different proposals solicited and received by the DNR. Those projects are as follows:

1. Reopening a hardwood mill in Pacific County, a project that will create 49 jobs,

2. Helping oyster growers in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor deal with the problem of burrowing ghost shrimp, which will protect 1,840 jobs,

3. Constructing a derelict vessel removal and recycling facility at the Port of Ilwaco, which will create 15 jobs, and

4. Setting up a learning laboratory at Kalama Middle-High School to prepare interested students for careers in forest management.

“For too many in our rural economies, the status quo isn’t working,” Commissioner Franz said. “People are hurting, but they are resilient. And we are investing in our people.”

For more information, visit the Washington DNR website here.


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