Washington Department of Natural Resources to spend $3.5 million on rural projects

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The week of March 12 will be busy for the Washington Department of Natural Resources as it announces $3.5 million in rural economic investments.

All four projects are in western Washington.  They are part of Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz's Rural Communities Partnership Initiative.

RCPI projects use the assets and resources of the Department of Natural Resource – as well as state and community partners — to create economic opportunities for rural Washingtonians. The first four projects are:  

1.    Reopening a hardwood mill in Pacific County, creating 49 new jobs, 

2.    Helping oyster growers in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor find solutions to burrowing ghost shrimp, preserving 1,840 jobs,

3.    Building a derelict vessel deconstruction facility at the Port of Ilwaco, which will remove and recycle abandoned boats, and

4.    Establishing a Learning Laboratory at Kalama Middle-High School to train the next generation of forest management professionals.