LETTER: Murray, Inslee saluted for outdoors leadership —

LETTER: Murray, Inslee saluted for outdoors leadership

By Rick J. Hegdahl
Tacoma News Tribune

Re: “Veterans climb above trauma on Mount Rainier” (Your Voice, 3-14).

Echoing fellow veteran Joshua Brandon, I’ve found visiting America’s national parks to be restorative and essential. After I returned from my tour of service, teaching my daughter firsthand about our natural heritage provided the respite I needed.

One program with an outsized impact on the unparalleled public parks network we fought to protect is the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The fund uses revenues from offshore oil and gas resources to protect outdoor recreation across the nation. But year after year, Congress has diverted most of the funds intended for our parks and trails. Action is needed to ensure this promise to the American people is kept.

I want to commend Sen. Patty Murray for her sponsorship of a bill to do just that, protecting our lands and waters for generations to come. Her leadership for the LWCF has been unwavering.

Gov. Jay Inslee, too, has taken up this mantle by creating a task force to elevate our $22.5 billion outdoor recreation economy. We are extremely lucky in Washington to have elected leaders who understand the value of our mountains, rivers and forests and access to our shared natural heritage for every citizen.


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