Lawmakers Wise to Keep Politics Out of Preservation Program

June 2, 2011

Read an editorial by The Olympian saluting state legislators for preserving funding for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and maintaining the integrity of the funding formula.

Excerpt: “The state’s competitive ranking process works. Many of the projects create jobs and some involve property acquisitions and conservation easements that put dollars in the pockets of local landowners, helping to stimulate the local economy. But most importantly, these projects secure natural resources for the enjoyment of present and future generations. The trails, swimming areas, parks and natural areas that are paid for through the competitive grant program provide financially strapped members of the public free recreation opportunities across Washington state.”

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