Letter: Save conservation programs —

Letter: Save conservation programs

By Steve Jones
Columbian

As an angler and outdoorsman, I want to thank The Columbian for editorializing on Aug. 20 “Conserve land, water” in support of the 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund. This has been one of our nation’s most important programs for protecting wild places and keeping them open for all of us to use, and we cannot allow it to expire next month.

LWCF projects protect our water quality and the wetland areas that are critical for our fish and wildlife populations and it helps provide public access points along the Columbia River. If LWCF is reauthorized, one project that could be funded next year is the preservation of wetlands along the Columbia River Water Trail. LWCF funds also would expand access to the trail, preserve water quality, and protect important fish and waterfowl habitat. It would be a shame to lose such a successful program that enjoys strong bipartisan support and does not cost taxpayers anything. We need to continue to preserve these critical areas so that we can pass on our outdoor legacy to our children and grandchildren.

I want to thank Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for understanding the importance of our outdoor heritage to residents of southwestern Washington and encourage her to do everything possible to save LWCF so we can continue to preserve that heritage.

Steve Jones

Camas

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