WACD testimony on HB 1140 concerning operating budget appropriations

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On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, WACD testified before the House Appropriations Committee on House Bill 1140 concerning the Governor’s operating budget appropriations.

WACD reinforced the importance of funding proposed for the State Conservation Commission and voluntary conservation programs.

Download a summary of the Governor’s proposed budget items that affect the Conservation Commission and conservation districts: 23-25 Op Cap Budgets Gov proposed Dec 2022 FINAL (source: Washington State Conservation Commission).


The testimony provided to the Committee is shown below:

Good evening, Chair Ormsby and committee members. My name is Tom Salzer and as Executive Director of the Washington Association of Conservation Districts, I am honored to represent all 45 districts in Washington State. I am here in support of the Governor’s 2023-25 operating budget in House Bill 1140, and particularly the appropriations for the Conservation Commission and voluntary conservation programs.


Your support is crucial in helping conservation districts put more conservation on the ground. Conservation Technical Assistance is particularly important because without sufficient CTA funding, districts are unable to marry the needs of individual landowners with the State’s natural resource priorities.


Washington’s conservation districts look forward to your continued support of voluntary conservation programs that ultimately benefit all Washingtonians and we thank you.

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