OPINION: Need To Preserve Public Access

November 8, 2013

Read an op-ed by Fred Slyfield in the Ellensburg Daily Record in support of preserving the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Excerpt: “The LWCF helps ensure we all continue to have access to forests, lakes and rivers where we can hike, hunt, and fish, while at the same time keeping our air and water clean.

But the program was recently zeroed out in a House proposal, and it needs to be reauthorized in 2015. There’s a lot of work our members of Congress need to do to ensure this singularly successful conservation program continues on.

In my 30 years as a law enforcement officer and search and rescue coordinator, I have seen firsthand that these investments are essential for the health of the community. Nothing is better at keeping kids out of trouble than getting into nature and fostering a lasting interest in the outdoors.”

Read the full story.