PCTA makes the case on public radio for Land and Water Conservation Fund

Megan Wargo, PCTA’s director of land protection, and Kelley Beamer of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts were guests on Jefferson Public Radio this morning where the conversation was about the importance of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and Congress’ inability so far to renew this 50-year-old program. It expires Sept. 30.

Over the last 15 years, approximately $25 million in LWCF funding has been used to acquire and permanently protect more than 17,000 acres along the Pacific Crest Trail. Some 1,500 parcels along the PCT are still held by private landowners who could build homes, install power lines or clear-cut trees. See our recent blog post on this issue.

You can listen to the program on the Jefferson Public Radio website.

Author: Mark Larabee

Mark Larabee is the PCTA's Advocacy Director. He is the former editor of the "PCT Communicator" magazine and co-author of "The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail" published in 2016. Larabee is a journalist, part of a team who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for The Oregonian newspaper. He hiked the PCT across Oregon for a 2005 series for the paper and has been with PCTA since 2010. He lives in Portland.