Guest Editorial: Federal Fund Shifts Threaten Our State Recreation Projects

July 19, 2012

Read a guest editorial by Pat Lantz in the Tacoma News Tribune urging Washington’s federal representatives to ensure the continuation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Excerpt: “Last month, Congress failed to include a critical bipartisan provision in the recently passed transportation bill that would have guaranteed robust funding for parks, trails, water access and recreational lands throughout the country – like Eddon Boat Waterfront Park.

The provision would have funded the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a lesser-known national program with outsize impacts on Washington’s national and neighborhood parks and trails. Established in 1965, the program is the federal government’s primary means to acquire and develop state, local and national parks, trails, wildlife habitat, and forests.

Close-to-home projects – at Mount Rainier National Park, the Pacific Crest Trail, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Point Defiance Park in Tacoma and Anderson Cove Waterfront Park in Bremerton – are in need of grants from the fund this year.”

Read the full story.