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Wash. Congressman breaks ranks to support conservation funding

CONSERVATION -- If we're handing out medals for bravery this week, save one for Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., who broke ranks with House Republican leaders on Wednesday to save the vital Land and Water Conservation Fund

Reichert was among a small number of GOP lawmakers, along with House Democrats, who saved the LWCF from elimination on a 216-212 vote, says environmental reporter Joel Connelly on

The funding has been a critical force in conservation across the country, with 48 years of examples in Washington state including state parks projects, salmon recovery, farmland preservation, endangered species protection and cleaning up mine claims in the North Cascades National Park.


Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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