By Ryan Mello
The Senate’s capital budget that was released April 8 is bad news for Washington’s incredible natural heritage and for Pierce County. The budget threatens to dismantle the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), our state’s premier program to protect and develop our outdoor spaces.
Here in Pierce County, we are the gateway to numerous outdoor treasures, including Mt. Rainier National Park, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, and Alder Lake. For this reason we have one of the largest outdoor recreation sectors in the state, supporting nearly 20,000 jobs and $2.25 billion in consumer spending each year in Pierce County. We cannot allow the Senate to endanger our incredible natural heritage or the economy and quality of life it supports. [Read more…]