The Everett Herald editorialized in support of two parks and public lands bills moving through the U.S. Congress. One would authorize full and permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has been continually shortchanged by the federal appropriations process. That bill cleared a significant hurdle last week, as it passed out of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee and awaits action on the Senate floor.
“The bill that passed out of committee last week, co-sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, will provide for the permanent and full funding — $900 million — that can provide a significant boost to parks and public land projects throughout the nation. Since inception, the fund has provided more than $714 million in Washington state for projects, much of it matched by local and state funding for local, state and national parks, providing protection of forests and water and air quality, wildlife habitat and recreational access.”
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