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Florida Forever ****update!
« on: February 22, 2008, 11:00:35 AM »

On Friday afternoon, February 22, 3 PM, the Florida Forever Coalition is conducting an informational conference call for local government staff and officials.

The purpose of this call is to communicate the status of the Coalition's efforts to reauthorize and expand Florida Forever in the 2008 Legislative Session.  We will offer suggestions as to how local governments can help, and there will be plenty of time for questions.

Please spread the word to other local government partners, county and city land acquisition programs, park programs, etc.

At 3 PM Friday, February 22, please call:   1-866-339-6643. pass code #3898042.    RSVPs requested, but not required.

(The Coalition's Steering Committee is composed of Audubon of Florida, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Recreation and Park Association, Florida Wildlife Federation, 1,000 Friends of Florida, The Nature Conservancy, and The Trust for Public Land.)

Please join us!

(i think concerned citizens would also be welcome...)
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Re: Florida Forever *3pm today!
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2008, 11:35:33 AM »

FYI…. Please share or forward as appropriate
Florida Forever is Out of Funds
are youaware that the nation’s premier land conservation program, Florida Forever, is tapped out of funds and is in jeopardy of expiring.  Even though this 10-year program has two years left before it “sunsets” in 2010, the two years of remaining funds are essentially committed to land deals that are already in the pipeline across the state. 

 The Indian River Lagoon counties and areas across the state have been fortunate to receive state funding for land and water protection and management.  But there is a critical need to do more and now is the time.  A Florida Forever successor program must be passed this legislative session. 

Urgent Timeline

The start of Florida’s 2008 legislative session is just days away, March 4-May 3, 2008.  This is not much time to send a message to our legislators about the need for a Florida Forever successor program.  The Nature Conservancy is a member of the Florida Forever Coalition, an alliance of organizations committed to passing a Florida Forever successor program.  In a nutshell, the Coalition is seeking the creation of a successor program that would receive double the existing annual funding starting in FY 09 - $600 million/year. 

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Re: Florida Forever ****update!
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 04:38:29 PM »

The Nature Conservancy Applauds Passage of Florida Forever Successor

 

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL—Nature Conservancy State Director Jeff Danter saluted today the Florida House of Representatives and Senate for reauthorizing Florida Forever, the state’s renowned land conservation program. House passage today of Senate Bill 542 effectively extends the Florida Forever Program for 10 years at $300 million annually. SB542 passed unanimously today in the House and unanimously in the Senate April 23.

 

“Today, Florida’s leaders made an extraordinary commitment to protect the state’s most beautiful and ecologically important places for all time. This is an incredible result for conservation in Florida and I am grateful for the courage of the leadership in both the House and Senate,”said Danter.“This is a historicday for Florida.”

 

“We are taking this important step today because of individual leadership in the Legislature,” said Nature Conservancy Director of External Affairs Andy McLeod.“Senate President Ken Pruitt (R- PortSt.Lucie) and Sen. Burt Saunders (R-Naples) have championed the cause of land conservation for years and made this a priority issue. We thank them both sincerely.”

 

Janet Bowman, the Conservancy’s associate director of government relations, worked closely on the bills through the legislative process and agrees with the hearty praise for the Legislature.“Additionally, Rep. Stan Mayfield (R-VeroBeach) and Rep. Will Kendrick(R-Carrabelle) were careful stewards of this legislation, and, with the support of Speaker Marco Rubio, they have made history.”

 

The pending $65 billion General Appropriations Act allocates $300 million to Florida Forever to come from the sale of bonds. The actual amount of Florida Forever bond authorization spent in any one year is appropriated by the Legislature each year.


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The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  With funding from the voter approved Florida Forever program and our generous donors the Conservancy has helped protect more than 1.2 million acres in Florida since 1961.  on the Web at nature.org/florida.
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