The board awards about $94 million in grants every two years for parks, trails, boating and outdoor recreation facilities and to conserve wildlife habitat and farms.
Deller recently retired from the U.S. Trust for Public Land, where he was the director for Washington state. Previously he served as president of two banks in Everett. He also has been the executive director of the Port of Everett and worked in real estate.
“Mike will make an excellent addition to the funding board,” Inslee said in a written statement. “His experiences demonstrate an understanding about the need to conserve lands that help make Washington an outdoor destination for those who enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, boating, mountain biking and other outdoor adventures.”
Deller is active in groups focused on conservation, recreation, environmental, economic development, education and health issues. Deller has served as director of several organizations, including the Snohomish County Economic Development Council, Everett Community College Foundation, YMCA of Snohomish County, Everett Golf and Country Club, and both the Everett Area and the South Snohomish County Chambers of Commerce.
Since 1964, the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board has awarded more than $1 billion in grants for more than 5,000 projects, with every county represented. The grants have leveraged more than $822 million in local contributions, bringing the total investment to more than $1.8 billion.
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