- The continuity of Florida Forever is essential and limited funding ($4.8 million) is necessary for this purpose.
ACTION - Support Florida Forever 4/7
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---------------------------------Subject: Florida Forever Day in Tallahassee 4/7Florida Forever Day
April 7, 10AM-3PM
Florida Capitol, Waller Park
850-222-0199If unable to attend, please call, e-mail or fax your legislators TODAY in support of Florida Forever! (ACTION info at bottom of message)Florida House of Representatives: www.myfloridahouse.govFlorida Senate: www.flsenate.govPegeen Hanrahan sent a message to the members of Support Florida Forever http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=276906967597Attend Florida Forever Day in Tallahassee on Wed, April 7Please join us from 10 am until 3 pm at Waller Park at the Capitol (near the dolphin fountain). Speakers will be there from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. Learn about our state's conservation legacy, and projects that will be lost if Florida Forever is not funded this year. Make appointments to speak with your own legislators. They need to hear from people in their districts!
For more information, contact info@... , or call 850-222-0199. Thank you!Florida Forever CoalitionThe Florida Forever Coalition is made up of more than 175 diverse organizations that support conservation, environmental protection and recreation needs across Florida.Florida Forever was created in 2001 to succeed the extremely successful Preservation 2000 conservation program. Under Florida Forever and Preservation 2000, Florida has protected more than 2.4 million acres of land.
Sadly, for the first time in twenty years, the Florida Legislature did not approve new funding for the Florida Forever program. This decision places the continuity of the program in jeopardy. The resulting loss of parks and public spaces, the decline in water supply and quality, and the harm to Florida’s unique ecosystems that will accompany this growth will have severe negative impacts on the quality of life for all Floridians.
Florida Forever was created in 2001 to succeed the extremely successful Preservation 2000 conservation program. Under Florida Forever and Preservation 2000, Florida has protected more than 2.4 million acres of land.
To name just a few successes, Florida Forever has protected:
- 53,600 acres of springs and springsheds.
- 5,190 acres of fragile coastline.
- 300,000 acres of sustainable forest lands.
- 158,700 acres of working agricultural lands.
SIGN UP FOR ACTION ALERTS http://www.supportfloridaforever.org/
Contact your legislators:
The 2010 Legislative Session has begun! It’s time to contact your legislators to let them know that you support Florida Forever and want to see the program funded this year.
Please e-mail or fax your legislators today and inform them of the following:
- There has never been a better time to purchase high priority environmental lands in Florida. The recent economic downturn has provided historic opportunities for the state to be a smart investor in conservation and public recreation. Suspending or delaying Florida Forever projects will result in higher costs to taxpayers.
- Funding Florida Forever this year will allow the state to purchase key connectors that complete projects twenty years in the making. These connectors are essential to finishing these long standing projects.
- Funding for Florida Forever is necessary — and is consistent with the Legislature’s unanimous approval of the ten-year renewal of Florida Forever in the 2008 Session.
- Governor Crist has included Florida Forever in his budget at $4.8 million. We encourage the legislature to follow the Governor’s example.
To write a letter to your elected officials, simply follow the link below and enter your address. You’ll be able to send an e-mail or a printed letter to your senators, representatives, and the Governor. Contact your elected officials
Pass a resolution:
Are the a member of a local club or organization? If so, consider passing a resolution expressing your organization’s support for Florida Forever. Just download our template for a sample resolution. Pass a resolution of support.
The Florida Forever Coalition is organizing all across the state. Our supporters organize events, hold regular meetings and act as local advocates for the Florida Forever program. Interested in signing up or just learning more? Send an e-mail with your name and contact information to info@...
Host an event:
Do you belong to a local club or organization that is interested in land conservation, outdoor recreation or learning more about Florida Forever? If so, we’ll work with you to plan an event. We’ll provide handouts, information and even a speaker! You provide the audience. E-mail info@... to get started!
Write an op-ed:
Letters of support to your local newspapers are an easy way to educate your community about Florida Forever and to influence the opinions of local decision-makers. Whether you stress the benefit to communities, local economies, or wildlife habitat, letters of support are an effective way to make the case for Florida Forever. Visit our Florida Forever Talking Points for ideas on what to include. Contact information/links http://supportfloridaforever.org/?page_id=20 for the following major state newspapers: