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NPRA: Protect public lands in Alaska

The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska sounds more like a place where our nation refuels their gas tanks than some of the most wild and remote public lands left in North America. At 23.5 million acres, the reserve comprises the largest unprotected tract of public land in the United States. Its wilderness values are second to none, and the it includes vital habitat areas that support fish and wildlife resources of local, national and global significance.

I have visited the reserve three times on rafting, hiking and photography trips. These adventures recalibrated my understanding of what wilderness means and why it is

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CONGRESS: Continue investments in state’s outdoor heritage

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.

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