Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment, Amendment 1 (2012)

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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Alabama Constitution
Referred by:Alabama Legislature
Status:On the ballot
The Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, will appear on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Alabama as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure would extend payments made to the Forever Wild Land Trust for a 20-year period. The payments would be from fiscal year 2012-2013 to fiscal year 2031-2032.

The proposal was introduced during 2011 state legislative session. It's formal title is Senate Bill 471.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot language

The ballot language that voters will see on the ballot reads as follows:[2]

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, relating to the Forever Wild Land Trust, to reauthorize the trust for a 20-year period.

Yes ___

No ___[3]


Since the creation of Forever Wild Land Trust, the organization has purchased lands for recreational uses, nature preserves, additions to Wildlife Management Areas and state parks. The lands that are usually acquired range from coastal wetlands to mountain tops. Four categories can be used to describe the property. According to reports, those categories are nature preserves, state parks, recreational and WMA potential.[4]



  • On the grounds of "fiscal sanity", the group Not Forever Wild is against the measure. The group states about the ballot language: "It would appear something more should be included on this ballot especially when another $300 million of OUR dollars are at stake. Nope, nothing missing. Miss-leading, lacking integrity and uprightness; this is all we are gonna get this time around. This is all our state representatives, big business, and Non-Government Organizations (NGO) would prefer we understand."[6]
  • In an article by Frank Dillman published in Tea Party 911, "Remember those proponents who want to continue to miss-use of OUR money will be quick to tell you that it is not tax revenue. They are correct. However, every nickel and dime is OUR money generated from the many gas and oil leases in the Gulf and believe it or not, on leased Forever Wild land. Leasing land for 94 years, permitting the owners to retain the mineral rights and to drill, only to have the lease lapse in 94 years (maybe the life expectancy of the wells?) for hunting and outdoor rights? Nothing permanent, or better yet “Forever” here."[7]

Path to the ballot

Article XVIII of the Alabama Constitution says that it takes a three-fifths (60%) vote of the Alabama State Legislature to qualify an amendment for the ballot.

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