One bill currently before the Georgia House proposes to increase funding for conservation of priority lands, stewardship of state parks and wildlife as well as supporting local parks and preserves. Rep. Jon Burns (R-159) of the Georgia State House of Representatives seeks to change that with House Resolution 907, to support Georgia Legacy, a coalition comprised of The Georgia Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Conservation Fund and Park Pride.
Georgia currently lacks dedicated funding conservation, but HB 693 would establish the Georgia Legacy Trust Fund, creating a sustainable source of funding for land and water conservation. If passed, 75% of all tax revenue collected annually from the sale of outdoor recreation equipment would be dedicated for the purpose of the protection and preservation of conservation land.
Georgia Legacy would:
- Provide for the acquisition of critical areas for the provision or protection of clean water, game, wildlife, or fisheries, or natural-resource-based outdoor recreation.
- Aid local governments in the acquisition and improvement of local parks and trails.
- Provide for the stewardship of conservation lands through maintenance and restoration projects.
Look for a ballot initiative in the Fall election cycle!
To read more about current legislation concerning the environment and sustainablity, visit The Georgia Conservancy’s advocacy page: