We can celebrate several conservation milestones from the 2016 session of the Washington Legislature, which adjourned March 29 after three months of deliberation.
This week, over 175 Conservancy trustees from across the country flew in to Washington, DC, to speak up for the Future of Nature.
From Washington State, Board Chair Byron Bishop, Bruce Nelson, and Scott Wyatt joined State Director Mike Stevens and Federal Government Relations Director Cathy Baker in meeting with the majority of our congressional delegation.
Advocating on Capitol Hill was both inspiring and a lot of hard work. Highlights included:
- Our trustees sharing their stories about why the Conservancy meant so much to them
- A moving speech by Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) about the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the gift we can give future generations
- 80 degree weather in October
- One legislative staffer commenting that if a wheat farmer and a tech worker both supported the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, then it must be a good idea.
- Joining former Bush administration deputy secretary of the Interior and Nature Conservancy Director of Public Policy Lynn Scarlett in a meeting on healthy forests
This week illustrated so clearly how much local voices matter to our elected officials. They truly care what their constituents think about public policy.
Don’t forget that your voice matters too! If you believe as we do that a healthy economy and a healthy environment are inextricably linked, take a moment to speak up for nature.