DaveWenatchee Parks and Recreation Director, Dave Erickson is the Washington Recreation and Park Association (WRPA) representative to the Washington Community Forestry Council. The WRPA is divided into six geographic regions of the state. For the last two years Dave has served as the District 5 representative on the WRPA Executive Board. In this capacity, he serves as the liaison between the association’s Executive Board and its members in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Grant, Yakima, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties. The total area of this district is 25,822 square miles.

The WRPA was established in 1947. It is the professional membership organization for the field of parks and recreation in the state of Washington. There are currently more than 1,350 members in WRPA and that number is growing. Members represent a broad spectrum of agencies and organizations including: cities, counties, state parks, universities, utility districts, park districts, conservation groups, sports and youth organizations, commercial members, and other entities.

The link between a WRPA member and community forestry is a vital one. The mission of WRPA is to provide resources for the public and its members who create community through people parks and programs. As stewards of forestry resources throughout the state, WRPA members not only directly care for many of the trees in public ownership, they also serve as educators in the communities where they live and work. They use their experience and technical skills to help improve privately owned tree resources by providing examples, information, and advice on the proper selection, planting, care, and maintenance of trees. Through these efforts they also increase awareness of the important role that the urban forest plays in creating a healthy community and improved quality of life.

WRPA is an affiliate member of the National Recreation and Park Association and works closely with a number of state and local organizations that share the commitment to enhancing our communities and the lifestyles of our state’s citizens.

Wenatchee will host the next meeting of the Washington Community Forestry Council meeting on May 15.