Sunday, March 6, 2016

Cattle grazing in state parks? Call your Senator to stop it

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Bill could open up state parks to cattle grazing, timbering, hunting or worse. 
Photo: Murray Grey cows and calves, Walcha, NSW 
We urgently need you to call your state Senator. A bill is headed to the Senate floor that would remove key environmental protections for Florida State Parks and threaten the use and enjoyment for all Floridians. 

SB 1290 passed out of its last committee last Thursday and could be brought to the floor of the Senate on Monday. March 7. Please call your Senator and urge him or her to vote 'No' unless SB 1290 is amended to:

•      Exclude our state parks and preserves from the land exchange provision. These important lands must not be given up to private use in exchange for conservation easements that could well eliminate public access 

Require land management plans to remain consistent with the purposes for which they were acquired. DEP's goal of requiring land management plans to be compatible with conservation or recreation purposes or both potentially opens our parks and other conservation lands to inappropriate uses like hunting, logging, grazing, and off road vehicles. 'Conservation' and 'recreation' are broad categories and the purposes the lands were acquired for may be much narrower. The bill's language grants DEP too much discretion.

This is the last real chance to impact this bill. The House and Senate versions are the same and could be sent to the Governor next week. Please call your Senator nowtell them where you live and that you vote.


Call your Senator now:
Sen. Joseph Abruzzo
Consists of part of Palm Beach county
Sen. Thad Altman
Consists of parts of Brevard, Indian River counties
Sen. Aaron  Bean
Consists of Nassau county and part of Duval county
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto
Consists of parts of Charlotte, Lee counties
Sen. Rob Bradley
Consists of Alachua, Bradford, Clay counties
Sen. Jeff Brandes
Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas counties
Sen. Oscar Braynon
Consists of parts of Broward, Miami-Dade counties
Sen. Dwight Bullard
Consists of Hendry, Monroe counties and parts of Collier, Miami-Dade counties
Sen. Jeff Clemens
Consists of part of Palm Beach county
Sen. Charles Dean
Consists of Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, Union counties and part of Marion county
Sen. Nancy Detert
Consists of Sarasota county and part of Charlotte county
Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla
Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Sen. Greg Evers
Consists of Escambia, Santa Rosa counties and part of Okaloosa county
Sen. Anitere Flores
Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Sen. Don Gaetz
Consists of Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington counties and part of Okaloosa county
Sen. Bill Galvano
Consists of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee counties and parts of Charlotte, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee counties
Sen. Rene Garcia
Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Sen. Andy  Gardiner
Consists of parts of Brevard, Orange counties
Sen. Audrey Gibson
Consists of part of Duval county
Sen. Denise Grimsley
Consists of Okeechobee county and parts of Highlands, Martin, Osceola, Polk, St. Lucie counties
Sen. Alan Hays
Consists of parts of Lake, Marion, Orange, Sumter counties
Sen. Dorothy Hukill
Consists of parts of Lake, Marion, Volusia counties
Sen. Travis Hutson
Consists of Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns counties and part of Volusia county
Sen. Arthenia Joyner
Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas counties
Sen. Jack Latvala
Consists of part of Pinellas county
Sen. Tom Lee
Consists of part of Hillsborough county
Sen. John Legg
Consists of parts of Hillsborough, Pasco counties
Sen. Gwen Margolis
Consists of part of Miami-Dade county
Sen. Bill Montford
Consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, Wakulla counties
Sen. Joe Negron
Consists of parts of Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie counties
Sen. Garrett Richter
Consists of parts of Collier, Lee counties
Sen. Jeremy Ring
Consists of part of Broward county
Sen. Maria Sachs
Consists of parts of Broward, Palm Beach counties
Sen. David Simmons
Consists of Seminole county and part of Volusia county
Sen. Wilton Simpson
Consists of Hernando county and parts of Pasco, Sumter counties
Sen. Christopher Smith
Consists of part of Broward county
Sen. Eleanor Sobel
Consists of part of Broward county
Sen. Darren Soto
Consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, Polk counties
Sen. Kelli Stargel
Consists of parts of Orange, Osceola, Polk counties
Sen. Geraldine Thompson
Consists of part of Orange county


Thank you for taking action and for all you do for Florida's environment!

Dave Cullen

Lobbyist
Sierra Club Florida