Land for Tomorrow is asking all conservation minded North Carolinians to remind our governor about land and water conservation.
North Carolina has four state funds to protect land and water quality. They have done so much to fund land easements, save farm land and even help the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
We need to ask him to:
* Appropriate $40 million per year in recurring funds to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
• Maintain the dedicated revenue sources for the Natural Heritage Trust Fund and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and oppose any diversion of those funds.
• Appropriate $5 million to the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.
These trust funds are not supposed to be used for general state expenses. But that’s what’s going to happen if we don’t speak up.
Now Land for Tomorrow and other conservation groups think that the only language that legislators understand is revenue minus cost. All these funds have saved North Carolina money and brought in tourism and that’s great.
But why doesn’t clean water sell? What are you going to drink? It reminds me of an old bumper sticker “Drink wine. The water is polluted.” Do we really want to drink soft drinks because we don’t trust our water?
And where are middle-class folks going to recreate, if not in our awesome state parks? The parks don’t charge admissions and have soft-core adventure, suitable for all ages.
So, get to Pat McCrory by writing to him at:
Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
27699-0301 Phone: (919) 733-5811 or