[CT Birds] Important Open Space Bill needs your help!

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Fri Apr 13 10:27:47 EDT 2012


Dear CT Birders:

Please take a moment before 2:30 p.m. TODAY to call your lawmaker and express support for a very important bill that is before the Connecticut General Assembly's Appropriations Committee this afternoon!

S.B. 347 (File No. 265) AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S OPEN SPACE PLAN will improve the State's open space conservation planning process!

The bill is the culmination of several years of effort by Audubon CT, CT Audubon and our partners in the open space and farmland conservation community to improve DEEP open space planning and prioritizing, especially with regard to wildlife priorities and open space mapping. Yesterday, Audubon CT, DEEP and CEQ negotiated compromise language yesterday that will remove a $100,000 fiscal note (cost estimate) that would otherwise have killed the proposal. Today, the bill is up for a vote in the Appropriations Committee. I've pasted some bullets about the bill below.

Please call your lawmakers today! The message is simple: Urge them to support SB 347. If they are not on the Appropriations Committee (see list below), ask them to contact the Appropriations co-chairs immediately and indicate support for this common sense legislation!

Call Toll-free. Ask to speak your State Representative and/or State Senator. It is fine to speak with or leave a message with the aide or with the aide's voice mail.

Toll Free Senate Democrats: (800) 842-1420
Toll-free Senate Republicans: (800) 842-1421

Toll-free House Democrats: 1-800-842-1902 or (800) 842-8267
Toll-free Senate Democrats: (800) 842-1423 or (800) 842-8270

Need to find your legislators: http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp

Thanks so much!

Sandy

Director of Governmental Affairs
Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

(203) 804-0488 cell

(203) 264-5098 x306 phone
(203) 264-6332 fax

Audubon Connecticut, the state organization of the National Audubon Society, works to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats using education, science and conservation, and legislative advocacy for the benefit of people and the earth's biological diversity. Through our network of nature education centers, protected wildlife sanctuaries and local, volunteer chapters, we seek to connect people with nature and inspire the next generation of conservationists.

PLEASE SUPPORT SB 347<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001wNJEm52J1ZvFbOoTbwD0MkiDCe7Lt_eNFN3AANDRu7RqlfSYcc726V1MCIdYbl-Knoz4-M2cZzbl9v-S0j9aH-LdfmrEojB87tMMuEu8Zh_4KlUecj8aX1PkWiVDscu6TazNTrz1URGqgyoNoG-9dADS8kE1kF2pAwRQug3IkH7gypf8RcwpboNT1uYtPcL3LNokW-4DuZezitWtBefIFzg8wiJOxRkVKr4pZgV5Ojup2DiTPHO22oGJ7MHEqYXXaqEVUtymt6jMTCszqkx3s4-7AMKBubZcPUDI_g-lMwo=> - Open Space Plan:

This proposal directs DEEP to improve the state's open space plan in three ways:

 1.  As part of the Green Plan update conducted every 5 years, identify lands of highest conservation priority, incorporating wildlife priorities into land acquisition strategies and provide a plan for protecting these properties.
 2.  Over the next two years, work to identify lands in the custody of other state agencies that might warrant permanent conservation. This could enable us to add lands to the state's portfolio of protected open space and farmland AT NO COST since the properties are already in public ownership.
 3.  Recommend a method for developing a "Protected Lands Registry" that would allow DEEP, Department of Ag and other state agencies to identify conservation lands throughout the state for planning and prioritizing purposes. Participation by towns, water companies and land trusts in the Registry would be voluntary.
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

DEMOCRATIC SENATORS HARP, (Chair), 10th District; PRAGUE, (Vice Chair), 19th ; BYE 5th; DUFF
25th; GOMES 23rd; HARTLEY 15th; MAYNARD 18th.

REPUBLICAN SENATORS KANE, (Ranking Member), 32nd District; MARKLEY 16th; SUZIO 13th;
WELCH 31st.

DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVES WALKER, (Chair), 93rd District; ABERCROMBIE, (Vice Chair),
83rd ; GENGA, (Vice Chair), 10th ; MILLER, (Vice Chair), 145th; CANDELARIA 95th;
CLEMONS 124th; DILLON 92nd; FAWCETT 133rd; FLEISCHMANN 18th;
GONZALEZ 3rd; HADDAD 54th; HAMM 34th; HEWETT 39th; HOLDER-WINFIELD
94th; HURLBURT 53rd; KIRKLEY-BEY 5th; MCCRORY 7th; NAFIS 27th; ORANGE
48th; REYNOLDS 42nd; RITTER 38th; ROLDAN 4th; RYAN 139th; SAYERS 60th;
SCHOFIELD 16th; TERCYAK 26th; THOMPSON 13th; URBAN 43rd; VILLANO 91st;
WILLIS 64th.

REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES MINER, (Ranking Member), 66th District; BETTS 78th;
CARPINO 32nd; GIULIANO 23rd; HWANG 134th; KLARIDES 114th; LAVIELLE
143rd; O'NEILL 69th; PERILLO 113th; RIGBY 63rd; SAMPSON 80th; SAWYER 55th;
SIMANSKI 62nd; WADSWORTH 21st; WOOD 141st.


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x308
Fax: (203)264-6332

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