Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Please Help Support Florida Forever - Oppose Senate Bill 584

Sierra Club Florida

Friends of Florida,

Legislators need to hear from you about the importance of Florida Forever and Public Lands.

We have our work cut out for us this session when it comes to preserving and protecting conservation lands.

Senate Bill 584 by Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) would require an acre of state or local public lands to be disposed of for every new acre protected. The effect of this bill would be to bring Florida Forever and local land preservation programs to a halt.

There is reason for concern when many legislators have the belief that Florida has too much conservation land. We do not want this belief to transcend into budget discussions and threaten funding for Florida Forever. We know the passion is out there for our special places.

Now is the time to mobilize our public lands advocates.  Please call, email and write letters now!

House Agriculture & Natural Resources
Appropriations Subcommittee

 •Rep. Albritton, Ben [R]  Chair
 •Rep. Broxson, Doug [R]  Vice Chair
 •Rep. Pafford, Mark S. [D]
 •Rep. Beshears, Halsey [R]
 •Rep. Danish, Mark [D]
 •Rep. Edwards, Katie A. [D]
 •Rep. Ingram, Clay [R]
 •Rep. Mayfield, Debbie [R]
 •Rep. Raschein, Holly [R]
 •Rep. Smith, Jimmie T. [R]
 •Rep. Stewart, Linda [D]
 •Rep. Van Zant, Charles E. [R]
 •Rep. Watson, Jr., Clovis [D]

Senate General Government Appropriations

 •Senator Alan Hays (R)Chair
 •Senator Geri Thompson (D) Vice Chair
 •Senator Rob Bradley (R)
 •Senator Oscar Braynon, II (D)
 •Senator Dwight Bullard (D)
 •Senator Charlie Dean, Sr. (R)
 •Senator Nancy C. Detert (R)
 •Senator Arthenia L. Joyner (D)
 •Senator Jack Latvala (R)
 •Senator John Legg (R)
 •Senator Wilton Simpson (R)
 •Senator Darren Soto (D)
 •Senator Kelli Stargel (R)

We should not let those who don't believe in the value of conservation lands be the only voice talking to their legislators.

Pick up the phone and politely tell the members of General Governor Appropriations Subcommittee and the House Natural Resources & Agriculture Subcommittee that you care deeply about our public lands - tell them about your favorite park, forest, beach or conservation area!  After that, post photos of your favorite outing in Florida up on your facebook page, tell all your friends about opposing this bill!  Get the word out!

Thank you for all that you do!  Florida Forever thanks you, and so does Sierra Club Florida.

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