[CT Birds] Act NOW to Support Open Space & Wildlife!

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue May 8 20:35:09 EDT 2012

Tell Your House Member to Support Senate Bill 347 – An Act Concerning the State’s Open Space Plan

Time is running out for open space and wildlife in Connecticut! With only one full day left in the 2012 Connecticut General Assembly Session, we need your help to make sure that Senate Bill 347 "An Act Concerning the State's Open Space Plan" is passed into law before the closing bell rings at midnight Wednesday.

This common sense, non controversial bill to improve DEEP's open space efforts passed the Senate by a unanimous vote and is supported by Audubon Connecticut, Connecticut Audubon Society, Council on Environmental Quality, other open space and farmland conservation allies, DEEP, and DPH.

Please take a moment today to email your State Representative.<http://ct.audubonaction.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=20402.0> The message is simple: Tell them that S.B. 347 is important to you and urge them to bring this bill up for a vote as soon as possible.

More about the S.B. 347:

Protecting habitat is key to conserving wildlife. S.B. 347 “An Act Concerning the State’s Open Space Plan” is the product of three years of work by Audubon Connecticut with help from allies including Connecticut Audubon Society, Connecticut Land Conservation Council, and the Council on Environmental Quality.  The legislation is also supported by farmland advocates such as Working Lands Alliance, DEEP and DPH.

S.B. 347 requires DEEP to:

•         Provide an update of the State Green Plan by December 2012 and every 5 years thereafter that estimates the number of acres of land preserved, includes a timetable for acquisition, plans for management, and an assessment of the resources needed for the acquisition and management of land

•         Establish priorities for acquisition including wildlife and ecological resources of greatest conservation need

•          Recommend strategies for establishing a voluntary registry of all municipal, utility, nonprofit, as well as state protected lands, and including costs, benefits and potential hosts for such a registry

•         Develop a process whereby state agencies may evaluate the conservation value of lands already in their custody

•         By October 1, 2014, identify lands of conservation value held by other state agencies and include strategies for preserving these lands in the Green Plan

Please act now and help us make sure this legislation passes before midnight Wednesday!

Thank you,

Sandy Breslin
Director of Governmental Affairs
Audubon Connecticut

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.

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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