This year’s lobby day was especially energized by being back on the capitol campus in person for the first time since 2019. On March 15th, Trustees met with Governor Inslee, 16 lawmakers from both chambers and both sides of the aisle, and wrapped the day up at a reception with Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz.
The opportunity to sit down with lawmakers and learn more about their policy goals and approaches, and for trustees to share their perspectives, is extremely impactful to our work. Conversations spanned TNC’s legislative priorities, successes from long-term work like Floodplains by Design, updates like the recent hire of our new burn boss, and where we hope to go in the coming years. Trustees and staff appreciate the depth of the conversations with legislators and the awareness many of them had of our ongoing work across the state.