Public Policy

Support Land Conservation - IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

April 24, 2014

The Florida Legislature will finalize the budget on Monday the 28th and we need all FNPS members to call the following legislators IMMEDIATELY to voice support for land conservation:

Senator Joe Negron------------------- (850)487-5032

Representative Seth McKeel-------- (850)717-5040

Senator Alan Hays--------------------- (850)487-5011

Representative Ben Albritton------ (850)717-5056

This is the request we need you to make --

Ask the Senators to support the House budget offer and the corresponding proviso language in the Natural Resources budget for the following line items:

#92 - Rural & Family Lands

#231- Springs Restoration

#254 - Florida Forever

As the Representatives to stand firm on the above items.

DON”T WORRY IF IT’S THE WEEKEND!  Their offices should be staffed all weekend because the 2014 session is ending next week and there is much work remaining to be done.  We say again – the budget will finalized by Monday, and this alert addresses budget items, so please act immediately.

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Types of Issues Addressed by FNPS

  • General areas considered to be of statewide FNPS significance
  • Any Florida legislative action that affects our state environmental land acquisition program known as Florida Forever, which includes Florida Communities Trust and/or any other state agency funded through Florida Forever (DEP). This includes, but is not limited to, any legislation affecting funding of the program. It also includes the urgent need to fund the Florida Forever program.
  • All state and local land acquisition efforts for preservation and conservation.
  • Any statewide policy changes that enhance improve or further natural resource system protection within recognized preserves and/or reserve or state park refuge.
  • Development issues that are regional or have statewide significance in that they affect a change in Florida policy towards land acquisition, natural resource systems or waters of the state, but only if the issue clearly relates to the FNPS mission to preserve, conserve and restore native plants and native plant communities.
  • Any state legislative, state agency or state university action that would affect the viability (or lack thereof) of native plants and native plant communities. This includes, but is not limited to, state policy on exotic invasive species, water conservation, listed plant species, and cataloging of native plant communities.

General areas considered not to be of statewide significance include

  • Issues that are primarily related to managing the way a local jurisdiction grows or the methods it uses to plan growth. Unless it can be shown to meet criteria number four in the previous section.
  • Issues that are primarily transportation related unless the issue is of at least regional significance and would impact an established preserve/reserve/state park refuge/or a functional ecologically sensitive ecosystem.
  • Issues that involve local jurisdictional ordinances or land development codes.