To assure the natural resources within these unique parks are preserved for future generations, ask your elected legislators to oppose Parks and Trails Legacy Funding for the metropolitan region unless changes are made to better reflect funding priorities and the original intent of the law. See who represents you.
Contrary to what most people intended, these Legacy dollars are not being invested in restoring our degrading natural resources. Since inception spending of these funds has disproportionately gone to constructing new and expanding existing infrastructure in Regional Parks, resulting in diminished natural resources…and more stuff to take care of, including potential projects such as the controversial paved Connector Trail through Lebanon Hills.
Most people who voted for the Legacy Amendment cited reason such as clean water and preserving nature as their reason for voting “yes”. A portion of the Legacy monies trickles through the Metropolitan Council to support the regional parks system.
Our metropolitan regional parks represent some of the last remaining refuges in the metropolitan region for habitats including prairies, savannas, woodlands, forests and wetlands. Throughout our parks system, these valuable natural resources are degraded, and unless restored and actively managed, we risk losing them.
What will be our Legacy?