Read an Op-Ed by Paul Fish, founder of Mountain Gear, in the Spokesman Review urging the US Senate to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Excerpt: “In Eastern Washington, LWCF has had a huge impact on our great outdoors, protecting key parcels of federal land and many of the places we play on both sides of the state. LWCF funding was used near us for the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, Fishtrap Lake and on the Kaniksu National Forest, as well as projects in the Alpine Lakes and all our national parks. LWCF has also helped to support healthy communities and active lifestyles through grants for hundreds of state and local parks, fishing access sites, ballfields and playgrounds across the state.
These investments maintain our heritage of clean air, water and wildlife habitat. As a small-business owner, I can attest that they are also good for our economy. Protecting our public lands drives tourism and supports local recreation-based businesses – and sustainable jobs across our state.”