Protecting Washington's most valuable state public lands
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Since 1989, Washington has spent more than $800 million to protect 128,000 acres of state public lands for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, and other public benefits through a process called Trust Land Transfer (TLT). But this vital program is at risk of being overlooked in this difficult budget year.
Washington has about three million acres managed by the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), two thirds of which belong to the Common School Trust. The DNR generally logs these acres to help fund school construction, but some places are more valuable due to protected species or recreation features, so the Legislature created a process to protect crown jewels by using Capital Budget dollars to buy them out of Trust status.
TLT is the only tool DNR has to protect such places and compensate with acres better suited for long-term trust revenue. Yet funding for TLT has declined, putting at risk vital natural areas with strong public support. By including at least $17.4 million in the Capitol Budget this session for TLT, state legislators can fund the program and protect four special places on our public lands: Devils Lake, Morning Star, Blakely Island and Eglon.
Please urge your state legislators and budget leaders to fund the Trust Land Transfer Program in the Capitol Budget Bill!
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