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Conservation Proposals in Hartford

Conservation Proposals in Hartford

The Connecticut legislature is currently considering two proposals regarding land conservation in the state. The first is a proposal to sweep all the funds from the Community Investment Act, which is Connecticut’s main source of funding for land preservation. Connecticut Audubon, along with the rest of Connecticut’s conservation community, strongly opposes this. A second proposal looks to fund state parks through a $10 Parks Passport. Connecticut Audubon and Connecticut’s conservation community strongly support this.

Both of these are important proposals for conservation and the environment in Connecticut. Land preservation funding comes from the Community Investment Act; the money originates in local real estate fees and is by law dedicated to open space, farmland protection, historic preservation and affordable housing.

During the current budget negotiations in Hartford, one proposal was aimed at protecting the Community Investment Act funds but a new proposal introduced in mid-September would do the opposite. Through last year, $153 million from the fund had been invested in more than 1,400 projects in 168 of Connecticut’s 169 towns. The act is the only consistent source of money for the state’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program.

The current proposal for the Passport to the Parks is for it to cost $6, charged every other year by the Department of Motor Vehicles. If the Passport is increased to $10—and the money secured in a dedicated fund—state parks would have a stable, long-term funding source. The money from the Passport would allow state parks officials to manage and maintain critical wildlife habitat on all state parks and preserves.

Please consider contacting your elected officials to voice your opposition to eliminating all open space funding and support for the $10 Parks Passport.

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