Kitsap County Commissioner Robert Gelder and Jon Rose of Pope Resources (a WWRC member) make a powerful case for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) in an op-ed in the Kitsap Sun.
“Funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been critical in this effort to protect the Dewatto Headwaters Forest in perpetuity through a working forest conservation easement – and we’re far from done. Without funding from LWCF, these lands would likely be turned into residential development, eliminating public access and damaging critical salmon habitat, while eliminating a source of working forest jobs.”
“Full and dedicated funding for LWCF is vital to ensure the consistency and transparency that private landowners need, and to protect working forests, open space and public lands in Washington.”
Read the full op-ed.