Middle, high school student salmon contest
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites middle and high school students to enter artwork into a contest that features depictions of why salmon matter.
Entries, which may include drawings, paintings or other visual mediums, must be postmarked by April 30. Prizes include $100 for first place winners, $50 for second place winners and honorable mention for third place winners.
State parks will judge artwork on originality and aesthetic appeal, and will purchase winning entries for inclusion in a campaign titled Salmon Matter. As part of the campaign, a traveling exhibit will feature contemporary and historic photographs and the collected artwork to help educate the public about the many reasons why salmon are important to our region and to individuals in Washington state and beyond.
All artwork entered into the contest also may appear on the state parks website at www.parks.wa.gov/salmon.asp and future interpretive projects.
�This is a fun way to reach out to young people and it serves as a great educational tool,� said Paul Stasch, coordinator of the state parks salmon recovery program. �After all, if salmon don�t matter, there�s little reason to save them.�
The Salmon Matter campaign is a cooperative effort with other natural agencies and educational programs, including the state�s Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology and Department of Natural Resources and the Governor�s Council on Environmental Education, Governor�s Office of Salmon Recovery, Puget Sound Action Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service.
The state parks department is committed to the protection of natural resources such as Pacific salmon. The governor�s �Action Plan of the Statewide Strategy to Recover Salmon� identified state parks as the lead agency for salmon interpretation, as well as preservation and recovery of salmon populations within state parks properties.
For a copy of the contest application and rules, visit www.parks.wa.gov/salmon.asp or call 360/902-0931.