This morning, several hundred trustees of Nature Conservancy chapters across the country flew in to DC to speak up for nature. From Washington State, trustees Bruce Nelson, Scott Wyatt and Byron Bishop joined our state director Mike and our government relations team for several days of meetings on Capitol Hill.
Given all that has happened in our nation’s capitol this last month, we couldn’t have come at a better time.
Just last week, our nation’s most popular conservation program, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, expired without a vote. Our state certainly has benefitted over the years, with funded projects including parts of the Pacific Crest Trail, the Olympics and Mount Rainier, not to mention hundreds of local parks and ballfields.
At the same time, there is bipartisan support from our delegation for a fix to the mega fires we’ve experienced the last few years. This legislation, known as the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, will allow the Forest Service to treat and fund firefighting as a natural disaster, keeping funding in their budgets for forest restoration and fire risk reduction.
Follow along with us as we meet with our congressional delegation and speak up for nature and people. We will be tweeting with #FutureOfNature throughout the day