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Letter: Appreciates Kohl's support

Dear Editor,

I'm writing because U.S. Senator Herb Kohl deserves a resounding thank you for stepping up on behalf of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). LWCF is the program that ensures Wisconsin has the resources our parks, rivers, and forests need to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and to strengthen our economy. 

Whether you enjoy taking your kids to a neighborhood park, visiting the national forests in northern Wisconsin, or fishing in the St. Croix River, the odds are that LWCF made this possible. 

LWCF doesn't even come from taxpayers. It comes from oil and gas revenue for drilling offshore. However, money consistently gets taken out of the fund for other purposes, shortchanging us the money we need to invest in our recreational economy.

Sen. Kohl joined 48 other Senators on a bipartisan letter urging a solution, we are grateful for his support.

Deb Ryun, Executive Director

St. Croix River Association, St. Croix Falls