To the editor: Reichert gets it
As the weather warms up, we start to head outdoors to enjoy the many amazing places North Central Washington has to offer, including Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee State Park and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.
A federal program with huge impacts on our parks and trails has helped protect all of these places: the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Established in 1965, LWCF is based on a sensible and simple idea: a very small percentage of fees paid by offshore oil and gas drilling companies — not taxpayer dollars — should be used to improve recreational opportunities and protect exceptional lands and waters for public use.
LWCF helps to ensure clean water, wildlife habitat and recreational access across the state. And protecting our outdoor heritage boosts local economies: outdoor recreation supports 115,000 jobs and adds $11.7 billion to the state economy each year.
Congressman Reichert clearly gets it. He understands that investing in conservation helps Washington families and communities. Recently, he gave LWCF a major vote of confidence by sending a letter to leaders in congress asking for robust funding for the conservation program.
With the recent redistricting, Congressman Reichert will represent Chelan County and parts of Douglas County. I want to thank him for this strong stance on behalf of our land and water.