North Creek Forest preservation is a bipartisan issue | Letter

  • Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:09am
  • Opinion
Letters to the editor can be submitted to editor@kirklandreporter.com.

Letters to the editor can be submitted to editor@kirklandreporter.com.

Thank you for your ongoing coverage of the huge success in protecting North Creek Forest, (Bothell City Council authorizes purchase of last parcel of North Creek Forest. Nov 10, 2016).

In addition to generous state and county funding and broad support from many in the Bothell community, we could not have saved North Creek Forest – Bothell’s last remaining mature forest – without funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

LWCF is the nation’s most important grant program for protecting our parks, wildlife habitat, and forests. It’s funding comes from offshore oil and gas leases – not taxpayer dollars.

This 50-year-old program is bipartisan, strongly supported by the American people, and has benefited nearly every county in the nation. Despite that, Congress allowed it to expire for the first time last year, and only at the last minute passed a short term three year extension.

As a recipient of three LWCF grants for North Creek Forest, we know how important full funding and permanent authorization of this program is, to help communities like ours.

Right now, Congress has an opportunity to make the LWCF permanent, thanks to legislation championed by Senator Cantwell in the Energy Bill. We applaud Senator Cantwell’s leadership and stand with her to ensure this program is here to help many other projects across Washington. It is more important than ever to ensure the future of programs that help create parks like North Creek Forest.

We thank our entire delegation – Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene for their leadership to champion funding and reauthorization of LWCF.

Emily Sprong, Friends of North Creek Forest Executive Director


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bothell-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bothell-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Opinion

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.
Vaccinations improve our health and employment numbers | Brunell

It is not surprising that COVID-19, which ravaged the world, was disastrous… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Firefighters vs. the governor’s vaccine mandate | Roegner

We all thought we were in this fight with the coronavirus together,… Continue reading

Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protesters as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Aug. 18, 2021. Olivia Vanni/Sound Publishing
Editorial: A message to the unvaccinated and unmasked

We know you’re frustrated with mandates and advice, but consider our frustrations and, yes, our anger.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Next year’s elections are already underway | Roegner

The 2021 session of the Washington State Legislature was dominated by the… Continue reading

Screenshot of Voice of America footage from the August 2021 scene at Kabul’s international airport in Afghanistan.
What the Afghan wants to say | Guest column

The American interest in Afghanistan goes back to the Cold War era,… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
King County executive wins battle with suburbs over inquests | Roegner

Since 1854, when Washington was a territory, inquests have been required whenever… Continue reading

In a three-day event ahead of the November 2020 elections, the voting center at Federal Way’s Performing Arts and Event Center saw 1,433 voters, which included 466 newly registered voters. File photo
Editorial: Baseless claims of fraud threaten voter confidence

Without evidence of fraud, it’s those alleging irregularities who are a threat to election integrity.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal told a crowd in Port Angeles he would like to see school districts have the ability to increase their local levies. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)
Message from state superintendent regarding school employee vaccinations

After a year and a half of remote and hybrid learning, my… Continue reading

A Sept. 10, 2020, satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)
Editorial: The UN climate report, ‘The Lorax’ and us

The report and the Dr. Seuss classic offer a dire warning — and hope — for responding to climate change.

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Look forward to an exciting November election | Roegner

King County Executive Dow Constantine was expected to win the August primary,… Continue reading

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.
It’s time to rethink Washington’s long-term care law | Brunell

Time is short, but action is necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democrats… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Back to work? With new virus strain, maybe not | Roegner

COVID-19 has made the workplace more hazardous because the virus, particularly the… Continue reading