While I was gone to the big city and didn’t pay attention, look what happened. North Carolina’s Land for Tomorrow is looking for our help to save our land.
Pat McCrory released his proposed budget Wednesday. It includes significant
cuts in spending for the state’s land and water conservation trust funds.
The creation and consistent funding of North Carolina’s conservation trust
funds have been the result of bipartisan leadership over the past 25
years. These land protection successes have played a major role in the
state’s economy – boosting agriculture, the military, tourism, forestry,
hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.
- Cuts the Clean Water
Management Trust Fund to $6.75 million from $10.75 million, which is a 37
percent cut, and only provides funding for the first year of the biennium
- Reduces the Parks and
Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to $15.5 million from $27.5 million, which
is a projected 44 percent cut.
- It reduces the Natural Heritage Trust
Fund (NHTF) to $4.23 million from $9.9 million, which is a projected 58
- Removes the dedicated
source of funding for PARTF and NHTF over the state’s next budget cycle
and leaves the state with no reliable way to conserve treasured lands in
- Maintains the current
funding level of $1.7 million per year for the Agricultural Development
and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.
step in the budget process is for the state Senate to begin writing its version
of the budget.
This will happen around the same time as our Lobby
Day, taking place on March 27th in Raleigh. I went to Lobby Day in 2011 and it was an eyeopener.
Considering this budget
announcement, your participation is now more important than ever. Click here to register for Lobby
Day on March 27th.