“Sen. Murray has demonstrated visionary leadership for Washington and for our country with her strong commitment to the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Budget Resolution she introduced today,” said Mike Stevens, Washington state director for The Nature Conservancy. “We applaud Sen. Murray for her dedication to this program that not only protects our parks and open spaces but also brings clear economic benefits to our state.”
(According to a 2013 study by the Outdoor Industry Association, active outdoor recreation in Washington State, such as hiking, camping, boating, fishing and hunting, generates $22.5 billion annually in retail sales and services, supports 226,000 direct jobs, and generates $1.6 billion in state and local tax revenue.)
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy in Washington
206-343-4345, ext. 338 (office)