Editorial: Congress Must Extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund

June 27, 2015

The Editorial Board of the Spokesman-Review discusses the need to renew the LWCF.

Excerpt: “Congress has consistently raided the fund. Of more than $9 billion in lease revenues in fiscal year 2013, the LWCF received $305 million.

Yet LWCF projects may be among the best investments Congress has made in the last half-century.

The Outdoor Industry Association, admittedly not an unbiased source, estimates LWCF projects help support 227,000 jobs in Washington, generating $7.1 billion in wages and salaries, and $1.6 billion in state and local tax revenues. For the nation, the total is 9.4 million jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity.”

Read the full editorial in the Spokesman-Review.