Land and Water Conservation Fund in jeopardy?
Over the past half century an estimated $600 million dollars has been invested in our state, as part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. That funding source could disappear if Congressional action to renew it doesn't take place within the next couple of months or so. The Fund, established by Congress in 1965, designated that a portion of receipts from offshore oil and gas leases be placed into a fund for state and local conservation as well as protection of national wildlife, parks and forested areas. 8th District Congressman Dave Reichert has long been an advocate for the Fund. He says on the plus side, there is bi-partisan support for the Fund. Reichert, whose District includes portions of Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas as well King and Pierce Counties, says there's support on both sides of the Cascades as well.
Officials with some conservation and business groups have expressed concern as the renewal deadline approaches, because of political wrangling in D.C.