You have likely heard about recent actions to unravel protections on 2 million acres of public land in Utah (equal to almost 60% of Connecticut's land area), and plans by the U.S. Department of the Interior to “modify” 8 more national monuments. The roadside kiosk at Grand Staircase-Escalante NM shown here is located in an area that, ironically, would be removed from protection (according to photo-taker and CFPA staffer, Marty Gosselin).
In response, our partners at the National Wildlife Federation issued a press release calling the removal of protections at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments “the largest single attack in history on our nation’s conservation heritage,” and at CFPA we agree.
Do you need a more urgent reminder for why you should get involved NOW to protect your public lands in Connecticut?
The current national monument debacle should be a wake-up call for all of us, and we hope you will be extra motivated to make sure your public lands in Connecticut won’t continue to be so vulnerable.
The only way to truly protect your public lands is to amend your Connecticut constitution to require a public hearing and supermajority vote by the CT General Assembly before your public lands could be given away, sold, or swapped. A resolution to amend the constitution to protect public lands was passed in 2016 with bi-partisan support, and it needs to pass again in the 2018 session of the CT General Assembly to get on the November, 2018 ballot.
When your next CT legislative session begins in February, 2018, or in conversations you have between now and then, please be ready to use your voice to support your public lands. As they say, "once gone, lost forever," and thank you for your involvement and support of CFPA!