Call or write to your legislators today!
The CT General Assembly will decide the following 3 questions over the next week:
- Will key land and trail conservation programs receive Bond Funding?
- Will your Public lands be protected or given away?
- Will the Community Investment Act be protected against additional cuts?
If you want to have your voice heard on these important matters (and we hope you do), please contact your State House and Senate Legislators by email or phone by Wednesday, June 24th and ask them to share your message with the leadership of the House, Senate, and with the Governor.
Following are the three points to emphasize when you make contact:
- Support a Bonding Package that includes funding for the Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition program, CT DEEP's Recreational Trails Program, and other conservation priorities.
- If possible, PLEASE ADD at least $1 million/year in bonding for the Recreational and Natural Heritage Trust Fund which CT DEEP uses to acquire land for State Parks and Forests. Otherwise, this critical program would be zeroed-out for 2016 and 2017 despite having projects in the pipeline.
- Support the Amendment that removes three problematic sections of the Conveyance Act.
- If not removed, these sections would give away 4.7 acres of Silver Sands State Park to the City of Milford for municipal parking, and would give private road access across the Quinebaug Wildlife Management Area for two separate gravel mining extraction companies. Go here for the reasons to oppose these dangerous proposals.
- Don't divert additional funds from the Community Investment Act (CIA).
- All CIA funds are supposed to be dedicated to a safety net for dairy farmers, open space and farmland protection, historic preservation, and affordable housing projects. The Budget that passed on June 3rd swept 50% of the Community Investment Act funding into the General Fund for 1.5 years and, adding insult to injury, further diverted an additional $90,000/year for the Governor's Horse Guard in the waning hours of the session. Enough is enough.
As always, we thank you for your support of forests, parks, open space, trails, and CFPA