What you might have missed outside this year

December 21, 2013

If you spent enough time outside this year, you probably missed a few key conservation stories in the news. But don’t worry, we’ve collected a “greatest-hits” list of news items, editorials, and think pieces from 2013 for your weekend reading.

The Coalition’s work in the news

OPINION: Little-known Land and Water Conservation Fund vital to outdoor legacy, Seattle Times and re-published in the Huffington Post

OPINION: Need to preserve outdoor access, Ellensburg Daily Record

EDITORIAL: Coalition helps preserve state’s quality of life, Wenatchee World

Liberty Lake man honored for elk habitat conservation, Spokesman Review

State Wildlife and Recreation Coalition: A bipartisan success story, Seattle PI

Herrera Beutler urged to protect conservation funding, The Columbian

Cross Kirkland Corridor to receive $500,000 state grant, Kirkland Reporter

State gives millions to local parks, The Columbian

State grant bridges final funding gap for North Kitsap park expansion, Kitsap Sun

Funds for farmland protection, Skagit Valley Herald

EDITORIAL: The long, long trail nearly here, Wenatchee World

Conservation and the outdoor economy in the news

Why We Need More–And Not Less–Conservation Funding In The Federal Budget, Forbes

POLL: American voters see conservation as beneficial investment, Public Opinion Strategies (pdf)

Shutdown threatens small businesses near parks, Seattle Times

Conservation cuts won’t fix budget, may harm economy, Roll Call

A Republican case for climate action, NY Times

National Heritage Area for our Greenway: What’s up, Doc?, SeattlePI.com

Conservation is Patriotic, Huffington Post

Outdoor gear joins coffee, jets as key Seattle industry, Puget Sound Business Journal

Study: Green Space Means More for Satisfaction Than a Neighborhood’s Average Income, The Atlantic

National Monument will protect Cattle Point, Turn Point, other San Juan Islands treasures, Seattle Times