Offshore drilling for oil and gas is often opposed by people who favor the protection of sensitive and significant lands.
Except for one thing: the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
LWCF uses offshore oil and gas lease income to purchase property for public use; grants have bought big chunks of land in both states.
But two issues loom: Congress often diverts money from the fund for other purposes... and the fund will expire this year without Congressional intervention.
Kelley Beamer of the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts checks in with details.