For a measly $5 per parcel we are going to hamstring one of the important agencies of Pierce County (Kathleen Merryman column, 11-8).
The Pierce Conservation District does invaluable work to protect and improve our environment. They have been organizing groups and individuals to monitor creeks and streams, tracking their health or lack of it. They have programs that show farmers and other animal owners how to provide healthy environments for their cows, pigs, chickens, sheep, horses, etc., in ways that also keep our drinking water clean and our streams and rivers healthy.
They are responsible for raising the awareness in urban and suburban areas that the oil and other junk that we used to dump at the curb was poisoning us and all the water and its inhabitants downstream. They promote and enable the restoration of native vegetation and the removal of often poisonous non-native plants that choke out and destroy habitats.
The Pierce Conservation District partners with federal, state, county and local agencies to pull people together and get tangible results. Their small staff is way outnumbered by the number of volunteers that they mobilize every year to get things done while improving our environment and educating people of all ages.
This is a misguided step to save a few pennies while our state, our counties, our homes and our environment will noticeably suffer.