What makes living in the Pacific Northwest so special is the natural environment that surrounds us. The 1st Congressional District is home to some of our nation’s most beautiful forests, mountains and waterways. We also have some of the most fertile agricultural land. Taking care of our natural resources and protecting our environment is critical to maintaining the quality of life we cherish. That’s why I’ve introduced and passed legislation to protect our public lands including protecting Illabot Creek as wild and scenic and expanding the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. I’ve also fought for an extension of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a critical tool for conservation.
We must also work towards policies to keep our air and water clean, and manage our water responsibly as it is critical for wildlife habitat, our local farms and generating the electricity that powers our economy.
I believe strongly that climate change is not just a challenge we must tackle to avert disaster, but that it is an opportunity to build a new clean energy economy and preserve our quality of life. The 1st Congressional District can be a leader in the green economy creating thousands of good paying jobs here.