What will we leave the next generation: Nature…or more built infrastructure?
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.
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, and Parks and Trails Legacy dollars are available to support these valuable resources.
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.
Instead, we believe it is our responsibility to leave these place better than we found them.