Today in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan bill to support our public lands, including permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)!
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) co-sponsored the “Lands Package” (as the bill is known for short), along with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). We applaud their cooperative, bipartisan leadership and resolute focus on permanent reauthorization for LWCF, a crucial tool for protecting America’s public lands.
In addition to permanently reauthorizing LWCF, there are other great things for Washington in this bill, including:
Establishment of the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area
Authorization of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan
Protection of 340,000 acres in the Methow Valley from mineral development
The permanent reauthorization of LWCF is critically important to local project sponsors doing on-the-ground conservation work. It provides much-needed predictability for local and state parks departments, city governments and land managers who rely on match funding and often have limited timelines to complete projects.
More broadly, permanent reauthorization means that this popular and successful program — a program that costs taxpayers nothing, but that touches lives in nearly every county in America — will be around for generations to come.
The bill now moves to the U.S. House for its consideration, where we hope it will pass quickly on to the president’s desk. Contact your representative in the House today to encourage swift passage of the Lands Package!
We are celebrating a milestone in a long-term project to protect and restore the forests along I 90 as the U.S. Forest Service prepares to acquire 4,814 acres of the Central Cascades forest with the support of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Each of us can support the health of the trees in our region – whether it is caring for the tree in your yard, talking about the value of trees with your neighbors and others, or volunteering with a local organization to plant trees in restoration sites and local green spaces.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) opened 250 acres at Leque Island to the tide by breaching a dike and restoring an estuary for young salmon and crab at the Leque Island unit of the Skagit Wildlife Area.
Fuel from multiple handheld drip torches ignited invasive grasses and fire spread quickly across a former farm field Wednesday, as fire professionals from many agencies worked together to conduct a controlled burn at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge in Burbank, near the Tri-Cities in south-central Washington. The exercise was part of the 2019 Cascadia Fall TREX, or Prescribed Fire Training Exchange, held Sept. 29-Oct. 11.
Fitness in the forest meets conservation strategies as our GIS intern reflects on the many benefits of trail running.
People across Puget Sound shared how they connect with trees through our onllne contest. From photos to paintings to poems, read on to explore the diverse ways that trees inspire us
Through Cascadia TREX (Prescribed Fire Training Exchange) we’re building capacity for more prescribed fire, and learning to work together across agency and property lines. TREX offers firefighters and land managers the opportunity to get hands-on experience in all aspects of prescribed fire, including preparation, scouting, ignition, holding, mop-up and patrol. Participants train with appropriate equipment and practice fireline leadership.
The voice of the youth movement is rising, calling on grown-ups to take action and safeguard the future we all face. Our staff shared why the kids in their lives inspire their work at TNC, for people, nature and climate.
A new story in the Seattle Times digs into the vast potential held within stands of cedar and spruce along Washington’s Pacific coast.