Rep. Richard DeBolt receives Capitol Land Trust award

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Rep. Richard DeBolt receives Capitol Land Trust award

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, recently received an award from the Capitol Land Trust for his years of collaborative legislative work helping to restore the lands and waters near the Pacific Coast. DeBolt was honored along with Rep. Steven Tharinger, D-Sequim, for their bi-partisan efforts to pass the $11.2 million Washington Coast Restoration Initiative in the last biennium.

The award was presented to DeBolt at the Capitol Land Trust's 30th Anniversary Conservation Breakfast, Tuesday, Feb. 7. The event brought together a group of over 600 community leaders, business owners, and elected officials.

“I'm humbled to receive this award. Healthy forests, rivers and wildlife on our Pacific Coast are an important part of our economy,” said DeBolt. “The Republican legacy of protecting our natural environment goes back to Abraham Lincoln's protection of the Yosemite National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt who helped create hundreds of national forests. I'd like to think in a small way I'm continuing their legacy of compassion for people, combined with stewardship of the economy and our natural heritage.”

The Washington Coast Restoration Initiative helps restore forests, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat. The projects provide jobs to local communities and ensures sustainable natural resource jobs for the future. State money used for the initiative leverages existing federal and private resources to assist with efforts on a diverse group of restoration projects.

Through a group of partners from across the Washington coast, a database identifies restoration jobs and projects. The initiative focuses on providing good-paying, natural resource employment to local community members and helping ensure natural resources remain healthy and abundant. Restoration projects reduce the risk of flooding, drought and fires. Many of the projects help create jobs for fishermen, foresters, local construction contractors and engineers.



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