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1. Leverage State Park Strengths

      Within context of complex bureaucratic and policy landscape, focus on State Parks’ mission and strengths. 

  • Focus on State Parks-level facilities & partnerships, with strategic support of local/regional park experiences, which might include "networks of recreation" connecting gateway communities and multiple recreation sites.
  • Advance efforts consistent with State Parks' Transformation initiatives and Path Forward Strategic Plan, including seeking cost-sharing and co-management opportunities (including with Native American communities), providing low-cost accommodations, creating educational centers, improving equitable access, serving workforce development, and etc.
  • Utilize existing partnerships and frameworks/definitions so that implementation is not delayed by new contracting or rulemaking requirements.


2. Focus on areas of need that are not addressed by other existing programs and funding sources

Given the breadth of the need and current variety of potentially applicable funding sources, WCI will maximize impact by focusing on needs that are not significantly addressed by other programs.


3. Collaborations and Water Connections

Consider connectivity of water systems from headwaters to groundwaters through collaboration with partner entities at local, regional, landscape, and watershed levels, and increase related public awareness of sensitive water resource management needs. Boating trails and multi-use corridors are examples of tangible projects that integrate these elements.


4. No regrets/stranded investments

      Because this funding is one-time rather than continuous, any investments should:

  • Identify any ongoing operation and maintenance needs, and future needed funding;
  • Eliminate carrying costs of old/aged infrastructure; or
  • Address other issues (e.g. replacing infrastructure to include code compliance, wildfire hardening); as well as
  • Encourage innovative pilot projects, including partnerships; and
  • Consider riparian trespass/encroachment and flood potential, among other water-related management elements. 


5. Leverage existing State Parks efforts and expertise

      Building on existing work maximizes efficiencies, respects time constraints, and achieves multiple mandates.

      Examples include: 


6.  Address multiple initiatives, including unfunded mandates