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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 with 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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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    Good letter, but I’ve seen restrictions to access that make it all but impossible for those not in top physical shape to be able to get in.

  2. alindasue says:


    It is those restrictions that help to keep our outdoor heritage in the good shape that it’s in. We have just enough easy access to allow everyone a chance to enjoy our natural beauty, but not so much that it destroys that very nature and scenery that we love.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    Perhaps I’m thinking of examples like the Capital Forest….they’ve gated a ton of the roads that used to be open. Only walking or horses can proceed. That’s public land, or used to be.

  4. BlaineCGarver says:

    (I hit enter too fast) Also, tree farms like Vail and others get a super killer lease on land, but the quid pro quo was open access to the public. Not any more. Walking and horses only a very great deal of the time. Try to get to Anderson Lake south of National sometime…it’s been locked off for years….Grrrrr <;-(

  5. Cardinous says:


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