Saving Places: Not Easy With a Scorched Earth Budget

March 20, 2013

The Seattle PI’s Joel Connelly notes the importance of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to Washington state.

Excerpt: “The trail to popular Wallace Falls above Gold Bar, beach walks on Whidbey Island’s Keystone Spit, and boat trips to Long Island in Willapa Bay — with the magic experience of watching elk emerge from mists and an ancient cedar forest — have been made possible by a below-the-radar federal program.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which has pumped $462 million into saving places in Washington, will live or die depending on which or two rival budget proposals before Congress is adopted.

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