ABOVE: Bob Hastings at the Jug Lake platform and paddling the Bartram Canoe Trail (photos by Curtis Miyasaka)
Dear Alabama Sierra Club Member:
On November 6, the voters of Alabama will decide if the purchase of lands for the Forever Wild Land Trust will be continued for another 20 years. Your help is needed to encourage voters to vote YES.
As a member of the Alabamians for Forever Wild Coalition (www.alabamiansforforeverwild.org) your Chapter needs and wants your participation in this campaign.
Your help is urgently needed in encouraging Alabama voters to approve the Constitutional Amendment 1 to continue this very successful program that purchases lands from willing sellers. From the Alabamians for Forever Wild Coalition, here’s a summary of major points about the Forever Wild Land Trust program.
The Forever Wild Land Trust:
- Provides access to land for public recreation like hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, & canoeing.
- Helps protect Alabama’s water and air quality to benefit all citizens.
- Draws visitors to Alabama by preserving the beauty of pristine natural areas.
- Contributes directly to the annual $2.2 billion dollar outdoor recreation and tourism industry in Alabama.
- Is funded by earnings on fees paid to the state by natural gas companies who drill off Alabama’s coast. NO funding comes from taxes.
The proposed constitutional amendment will be number one on the backside of the November 6 ballot. It reads: “Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to the Forever Wild Land Trust, to reauthorize the trust for a 20-year period.” Beginning NOW and continuing until November 6, please encourage voters to vote “Yes” on this amendment.
Included in this mailing are materials that will help you in this important work. 1) Fact Sheet on the Forever Wild Land Trust, 2) Participants in the Alabamians for Forever Wild Coalition; 3) Post cards for you to mail to voters (family, friends). More information is at http://www.alabamiansforforeverwild.org/ and also at your Chapter’s website, http://alabama.sierraclub.org/.
Please mail the post cards to your friends and family without delay and continue to urge voters to vote YES on Constitutional Amendment 1 on November 6.
Thank you for your help.
Want to learn more about Forever Wild? Check out these links:
Forever Wild Facts
Forever Wild FAQs
Forever Wild Interactive Map with Recreational Opportunities
Forever Wild Land Purchases List
Alabamians for Forever Wild Coalition List - updated 5.12.12
Forever Wild Powerpoint
The Forever Wild Land Trust Report
Forever Wild Land Trust Homepage
AND DON'T FORGET TO VOTE YES TO REAUTHORIZE FOREVER WILD THIS NOVEMBER!