Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust Amendment, Amendment 1 (2012)
|Referred by:||Alabama Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
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.
Text of measure
The ballot language that voters will see on the ballot reads as follows:
|“|| 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.
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.
- The sponsor of the bill during session was State Senator Dick Brewbaker.
- The main group in favor of the measure is Alabamians for Forever Wild.
- In an article by Robert J. Beadles Jr. in the Opelika-Auburn News, "Forever Wild has a long list of corporate and private partners and supporters. The program receives a broad-range support from conservation, outdoor recreation and business communities. Organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy and others have partnered with Forever Wild to secure various public lands for current and future Alabamians and visitors to enjoy. I am impressed with the Trust’s commitment to fostering Alabama's environmental diversity and ongoing educational efforts of the Forever Wild programs. I hope you will join me in continuing to support the future of Alabama's Forever Wild initiatives."
- 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."
- 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."
Path to the ballot
- AL.com, "Forever Wild deserves Alabama residents' support at ballot box in 2012", May 9, 2011
- Alabama Secretary of State, "2011-315", Retrieved August 27, 2012
- Montgomery Advertiser, "Voters to decide on Forever Wild", June 26, 2011
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Senate Bill 369", Retrieved September 18, 2012
- Alabamians for Forever Wild, "Help preserve our Alabama outdoors", August 29, 2012
- Not Forever Wild, "1992 vs 2012 Forever Wild Constitutional Ballots", Retrieved October 3, 2012
- Tea Party 911, "Alabama Forever Wild is Not Wild Forever", Retrieved October 3, 2012