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CONGRESS: Continue investments in state’s outdoor heritage

Letter by Page Pless, Seattle on Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:32 am | 5 Comments »
February 16, 2012 11:32 am

Re: “Interior Department plan would benefit Nisqually Refuge” (thenewstribune.com, 2-16).

One of the reasons I love living in the Northwest is easy access to Mount Rainier National Park. I was overjoyed when I heard that the president’s budget requested funding to protect Mount Rainier through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

I’m not alone. Many people and businesses locate in Washington, and choose to spend their money here, because of our unparalleled outdoor recreation opportunities.

The LWCF is our nation’s principal funding source for local, state and national parks; trails; wildlife refuges; and working forests, farms and ranches. In the past the fund has protected many of my other favorite places, like Olympic National Park, Mount Si and Discovery Park. The LWCF also works with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, the state funding program that develops trails, recreation fields and other parks.

Our members of Congress on both sides of the aisle deserve a big thank you for standing up for Washington’s special places by funding the LWCF last year. I hope they continue to see the value of continued investments in our outdoor heritage, and fulfill the president’s request.

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