Legacy of Nature: A campaign to ensure ecosystems are restored and preserved throughout the metropolitan regional parks system, providing high quality habitat for wildlife, and year-around Nature-based opportunities to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.
WE STRONGLY SUPPORT HF2703 | SF3511
Ask you legislators to support the Legacy of Nature bill (aka Parks and Trails Legacy bill). Find contact info here.
Our gratitude to Representative Masin and Senator Cohen for introducing HF2703 / SF3511 during the 2020 legislative session.
This bill proposes to amend the current Legacy process for the 40% of Parks and Trails Legacy spending appropriated to the metropolitan regional parks system to:
• rebalance spending so natural resources receive their fair share
• improve the process for project approval to eliminate ongoing conflicts
• help assure projects improve, not diminish, the ecological health of the park system
In 1974, the Metropolitan Regional Parks System was established to protect and preserve the highest quality land remaining in the metro region. Often referred to as state parks of the metro region, the regional parks contain ecologically significant land with habitats for endangered species, fens, prairies, wetlands, woodlands and water resources. These valuable resources are stressed and degraded throughout the system.
Parks and Trails Legacy dollars are available to support these valuable resources, however, contrary to what voters intended when they supported the 2008 Legacy Amendment, the majority of spending throughout the Metropolitan Regional Parks System has focused on increasing the built environment to the detriment of these critical Nature-based Parks. If this trend continues, the Legacy we will leave behind is contrary to what voters and taxpayers intended.
If you agree it is our responsibility to leave these place better than we found them, join our Legacy of Nature Action Network.