Your public lands -- State Parks, Forests, Wildlife Management Areas, etc. -- should provide places of peace where you can relax and “get away from it all.”
Unfortunately, as resources (both funding and personnel) to manage your public lands continue to diminish, more places are starting to look like this dumpsite in the Naugatuck State Forest (pictured). Sadly, there are many other examples of neglect from around the state which are turning Connecticut’s greatest natural assets into places that are quickly becoming less beautiful and less safe.
Your State Parks and Forests are incredibly valuable, and are not expensive to manage in the context of the State Budget (less than 0.1% of the General Fund is put toward the maintenance and operations of State Parks and Forests). The budget proposal to cut the Parks budget even further and move most Parks to "passive management" is unacceptable!
The Passport to the Parks proposal has significant bi-partisan support and would both address the chronic underfunding of your state parks and forests, and help protect the amazing natural resources we have been caring for over the past century. The Passport to the Parks needs to be implemented this year.
NO MORE EXCUSES, Legislators and Governor; it’s time to show your leadership and ensure that the public lands that are the backbone of Connecticut’s "quality of life" are not actively mismanaged through "passive management."
** If you take a photo (high resolution with a photo size of over 2 MB please) that shows signs of "passive management" (a.k.a. neglect) like this picture from the Naugatuck State Forest, please share it with CFPA's Executive Director, Eric Hammerling via firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to mention which State Park, Forest, or Wildlife Management Area that your picture comes from.