Reichert sponsors bill that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund —

Reichert sponsors bill that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Daily Record

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, who represents Kittitas County in the 8th Congressional District, co-sponsored legislation introduced last week to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, according to a Wildlife and Recreation Coalition news release.

Without congressional action, the program’s current authorization will expire at the end of September. The Land and Water Conservation Fund has invested over a half a billion dollars for state and federal land conservation projects in Washington alone since 1965, and uses no taxpayer dollars. The organization provides grants to state and local parks, trails, recreational facilities and fishing access sites, and supports family farms and working forests.

“The LWCF has played a pivotal role in preserving America’s national treasures for future generations,” Reichert said in the release. “In Washington alone, it has helped to conserve the natural beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Rainier National Park, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and the Columbia River Gorge. These are places that attract visitors from across the country, and even from other parts of the globe.”

The bill includes proposed projects for the state in 2016 including preserving 165 acres of historic farmland on Whidbey Island, Forest Legacy Program conservation easements at Mount St. Helens and federal acquisition of properties to protect local fisheries and curb pollution in the Lake Quinault area of Olympic National Park.

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