LTE: LWCF Should be Reauthorized —

LTE: LWCF Should be Reauthorized

By Jeff Lambert

Thank you for the Spokesman editorial (October 6) supporting the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that has lapsed due to Congress' tardiness. LWCF should be reauthorized by Congress immediately. The LWCF has been successful for 50 years in funding many local parks and conservation areas.

Spokane County received a LWCF grant in 1969 to buy 117-acres in the Dishman Hills. The Dishman Hills Conservancy had already purchased an adjoining 80-acres. The LWCF grant triggered a remarkable County-DHC partnership that now includes about 2500-acres in the Dishman Hills for recreation and conservation.

There are at least 18 other projects funded by LWCF in Spokane County and many other regional projects.  A good example is the Big Sheep Creek – an in-holding of the Colville National Forest that includes 2.1 miles of the Pacific Northwest Trail along with 2,440 acres of terrific wildlife habitat.

LWCF doesn't cost any taxpayer money because it is entirely paid for by a small portion of the leases paid by energy companies to drill in public waters.

LWCF has strong bipartisan support. There is no reason not to continue this successful program.

Jeff Lambert
Executive Director
Dishman Hills Conservancy

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