Every year, the partisans of countless causes push for state funding; some win and some lose. A question on Georgia ballots would put land conservation and stewardship a step above that fight, by setting aside part of an existing tax to pay for it.
The South Fork Conservancy has entered its second decade of protecting the natural environment along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek with plans for a new pedestrian bridge over the creek – and money in the bank to pay for building the bridge and other projects.
At long last, Georgia now has a pathway to create a dedicated funding source to conserve our land and water.
The state legislature on Thursday passed the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act calling for a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would dedicate a portion of existing state sales and use tax on outdoor recreation equipment to establish a conservation trust fund.
Georgia’s efforts to protect endangered plants has been recognized by a national organization, which comes as good news at a time the state is implementing its latest five-year plan to protect plants and animals.