March 27, 2014 | Vol. 117 -- No. 49

Washington recreation sites await Obama's 'Conservation Promise'

SEATTLE - One aspect of President Barack Obama's new budget proposal that hasn't gotten much attention is his recommendation to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

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Portions of the Pacific Crest Trail have been made possible by grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This is a view of the Ritter Range in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California.

Congress routinely raids the LWCF for purposes other than those for which it was intended. The money is mostly collected from offshore oil and gas fees and is supposed to be used to improve outdoor recreation and preserve public land and water resources.

Hannah Clark, LWCF campaign director for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, said the president also wants Congress to stop diverting the mone...

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