We hope you were outside enjoying Washington’s last breaths of summer this weekend. With a world that seems busier and more divisive than ever, we are grateful for the respite provided by time spent in nature. It’s outside — in the mountains, on the coast, at the park down the street or in our own backyards — that so many of us find moments of peace and renewal.
Unfortunately, as a new federal fiscal year begins with the first day of October, America is now without our most important conservation program. The popular Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was due for reauthorization by the end of September, and Congress has let it expire instead.
Our elected leaders in Washington, D.C., can and must act quickly to finish the work of reauthorizing LWCF immediately. More than 7,500 Washingtonians have called on Congress to reauthorize LWCF once and for all, with permanent, dedicated funding. The friends and neighbors who signed on to letters supporting this request have joined many more thousands across the country in a flurry of support over the past month. If you’ve been one of them, thank you.
If you went outside this weekend and hiked a trail, enjoyed a public park, used a boat ramp — and maybe found a moment of peace in nature — please consider calling on your elected officials in Congress, one more time, to tell them LWCF is more important than ever, and it can’t wait any longer.
More than 600 beloved places in Washington have been protected by LWCF. To see our favorite photos of just a few, check out our slideshow below.
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A bill in the state Senate would fund much-needed wildfire prevention, suppression and preparedness activities, investing in the health of Washington’s iconic forests and the resilience of our communities.
Trustees from across Washington state traveled to Olympia to advocate for nature and people at the Legislature, meeting with leaders from both political parties and both chambers to discuss climate change, forest health, Puget Sound recovery and equity in addressing environmental challenges.
We’re advocating for equitable, forward-looking climate policy in Olympia this session, and several exciting bills are making their way through the Legislature.
America’s most important conservation program is finally a permanent tool for protecting our public lands, thanks to broad bipartisan support in Congress with Washington state leadership.
The US Senate has approved a bipartisan bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Thanks to the leadership of Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and colleagues across the country, the bill to ensure the conservation of our shared public lands and waters for generations of Americans to come now heads to the House.
Our priorities for the 2019 Legislature touch upon all our work, and all our lives, whether we live in the Palouse, along the coast, or in between. They include tackling climate change, protecting the natural and cultural wealth that makes Washington special, and improving equity in environmental policymaking so that all of us can benefit from cleaner, healthier air and water.
All of us who go outside — for a vigorous uphill hike or just a deep breath of fresh, cool air — need Congress to reauthorize LWCF now, and we need your voice.