Letter to the Editor:

In a special election on May 12, we sent Tom Tiffany to Washington, D.C., to represent our North Woods communities. Maybe he’s not the right person for the job. 

He voted against the Great American Outdoors Act. This act includes full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) from offshore oil and gas revenues. 

Many Wisconsin lands and waters are protected by the LWCF. They include the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Devil’s Lake State Park, Ice Age Trail and the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The act also includes $1.9 billion annually for the next five years to compensate for deferred maintenance on lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Education. Anyone who has used our local public lands in the last few years is well aware that there has been a serious lack of money for maintenance, leading to closures of popular trails and camping areas. 

The Great American Outdoors Act will preserve our North Woods natural legacy and will also boost the local economy and preserve recreation and tourism. Perhaps it was the economic shot in the arm that convinced President Trump — not known as a conservationist — to sign it.

Forty-one percent of House Republicans voted for it. But not Tom Tiffany. He decided to vote against the best interests of his North Woods constituents.

Maybe it’s time to rethink this November who will truly represent us in Washington. One of our senators, Ron Johnson, also voted against the Great American Outdoors Act, while our other senator, Tammy Baldwin, voted for it. 

Our rural areas want and need their share of federal revenue, but Tiffany and Johnson seem determined to make sure we don’t get any. Their “anti-government” stance was painfully misplaced here and could have cost our communities much needed revenue.

Clair Carty

Blackwell 

(Forest County)