Fourth- and fifth-graders from Twin City Elementary School in Stanwood hike along the bluff at Ebey’s Landing during a local geology field trip June 6 at Ebey’s Landing on central Whidbey Island. Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve is one of scores of parks and public lands that have benefited from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congress must renew this fall. (Herald file photo)

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Twin City Elementary School in Stanwood hike along the bluff at Ebey’s Landing during a local geology field trip June 6 at Ebey’s Landing on central Whidbey Island. Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve is one of scores of parks and public lands that have benefited from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which Congress must renew this fall. (Herald file photo)

Editorial: Renew fund key to protecting public lands, parks

If not renewed by Congress this fall, funding that provides parks and outdoor recreation will end.

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