TIMELY ISSUE: Show your support for A Legacy of Nature campaign on or before March 29, 2019
- Contact your elected legislators and ask them to support Nature, not construction, with parks and trails Legacy funds. Contact Info for your Elected Legislator
- Submit a comment to the Legacy committee chairs:
Rep. Leon Lillie: email@example.com 651-296-1188
Sen. Carrie Ruud, sen. firstname.lastname@example.org 651-296-4913
Suggested comment for you to use or edit:
Representative Leon Lillie, Chair, House Legacy Finance Division
Senator Carrie Ruud, Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Legacy Finance
RE: Parks and Trails Legacy Fund, Metropolitan Regional Parks
Changes to Project process and Dedicated Spending
I urge you to support legislation which will help to ensure that citizen expectations of the 2008 Legacy Amendment are met. Currently, for the metropolitan portion of the Parks and Trails fund, that is not happening.
The Legacy amendment is a conservation amendment, and the metro regional parks were set aside due to their unique and increasingly rare natural features. Citizens called for “protecting Nature and creating a next generation of stewards” in the 25-year Parks and Trails Legacy Plan. Yet, since inception, the vast majority of metro area parks and trails funds have been spent on the built environment, at the expense of natural resources. This has resulted in diminished nature-based opportunities for people, degraded habitats for wildlife, and increasing unfunded expenses for maintenance.
Revising the project approval process for the metro region’s share is critical. To improve transparency, accountability, and most importantly, help to ensure we leave A Legacy of Nature, I request:
• The establishment of an oversight body for technical review and recommendation of proposed projects,
• Requiring a minimum of 50% of P&T spending for natural resources to improve water and habitat,
• Expanded review of final projects by the DNR Restoration Evaluation committee.
Thank you for your support.