I recently discovered that Inniswood received a $190,486.50 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This caused me to do some digging and I found out that dozens of parks in Franklin County have received grant money from the LWCF.

To the Editor:

We're currently in the dead of winter, which for me means looking forward to summer and spending time outside without getting frostbite. I'm an Otterbein student and one of my favorite places to take walks is Inniswood a few miles from campus.

I recently discovered that Inniswood received a $190,486.50 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This caused me to do some digging and I found out that dozens of parks in Franklin County have received grant money from the LWCF.

I also found out that the LWCF and the Antiquities Act (another program that expands access to parks) are under attack in Congress.

Both programs help protect national parks like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, as well as local lands that many Ohioans hunt, camp and hike on.

If either the LWCF or Antiquities Act is weakened or repealed in Congress, places like Inniswood will be at risk. Losing access to our parks will not only affect people here in Westerville but nationwide as well. That means no more nature walks for me and no more family camping trips for you. This also means our children won't be able to explore the woods and benefit from our parks.

It's crucial that Sen. Portman block attacks against the LWCF and Antiquities Act and take a giant step forward to protect our parks.

Mikayla Pieper

Westerville