It wasn’t for lack of action by Washington state’s Senators Cantwell and Murray, but the Land and Water Conservation Fund failed to get reauthorized before a critical deadline.
You may know this program from last month’s Waterlife column (Link to article:http://www.nmta.net/news/waterlife.asp#legreport) . It’s the one that started fifty-years ago and has left a legacy of recreation around Washington, the Great Pacific Northwest and the entire U.S. Here’s last month’s column about this fund that comes from the a small portion of the royalties our federal government collects from oil companies.
NMTA was part of a larger coalition that pushed and pulled for reauthorization. You can bet we will not stop working to get it back on the docket. In the meantime, take a look at how our friends at the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association reflect on this struggle here: http://tinyurl.com/p52kp2q