League Events Around Washington
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Learn about the rare lowland forests on public lands in our state that are subject to logging in the near future. What is their value? How can we preserve them?
The LWVWA passed a resolution in May 2023 to preserve mature forests on state-managed lands in Washington. The League will host a series of webinars to educate members about the role of forest preservation in mitigating the effects of climate change and loss of biodiversity.
Local news reporting plays a pivotal role in the health of our communities—and our democracy.
Extensive research, including a two-year study by the League of Women Voters of Washington, reports on the benefits of credible news sources that keep us up to date about what’s happening in our neighborhoods, at City Hall, in boardrooms and workplaces, in our schools and on our sports fields: Because of their reporting, we’re more likely to vote, be more engaged in our communities, see more candidates seek office, and be less likely to hold polarizing political viewpoints.
Several factors prompted the League’s study, “The Decline of Local News and Its Impact on Democracy,” and the subsequent adoption of our public policy position. Among them was Washington’s loss of three daily and more than two dozen weekly newspapers between 2005 and 2022. Also motivating our efforts is newsroom staffing across the state decreased by two-thirds, resulting in considerably less coverage.
LWVWA has completed a study on the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA). The SMA was one of the first environmental laws passed in the state and came about from a citizens’ initiative. The SMA applies to all areas of the state, since it covers virtually all the state’s coastal shorelines, rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands. The SMA regulates the development and uses of shorelines and provides for public access to shorelines. It has been in effect for over 50 years and the LWVWA study analyzes how effective it has been. You can read and download the study here: https://lwvwa.org/Shoreline-Study/
Watch this LWVWA event with Kristin Eberhard Director of Democracy at Sightline Institute and author of the hot off the presses new book, Becoming a Democracy: How We Can Fix the Electoral College, Gerrymandering, and Our Elections.