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Voters Give Landslide Approval For Spending On Conservation Nationwide

Notable measures which passed:

Alabama - Alabama voters statewide passed a 20-year renewal of the state's successful Forever Wild land conservation program by 75%, which will mean $300 million for conservation.

Maine - Maine voters passed funding for the Land for Maine's Future conservation program, voting 62% in favor of a $5 million bond.

Rhode Island - Voters passed a $20 million bond to acquire open space and farmland, and to protect water quality in Narragansett Bay.

Massachusetts - Seven of the nine Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) measures were approved in towns across the state.  Massachusetts voters responded to the State Legislature's pledge of more CPA state matching funds.

Houston - Houston voters overwhelmingly approved a $166 million park bond to complete the city's bayou greenways network.  It passed with 68% approval.

San Francisco - A $195 million city park bond won 72% approval, providing new money for park improvements and development.

Gunnison County, Colorado – Voters gave 80% approval to renew a sales tax supporting the county land conservation program, which will provide almost $5 million.

Bozeman, Montana – By a 73-27 margin, voters passed a $15 million land conservation bond.

Bend and Springfield, OregonThese two Oregon communities approved park district measures, which will mean $49 million for parks and natural areas.

Polk County, Iowa – Voters in this county, which includes Des Moines, passed a $50 million bond by 72%.  The money will pay for buying land to protect sensitive areas, connect greenways, and improve water quality.

El Paso, Texas – Voters gave 75% approval to a $245 million quality-of-life bond, which includes money to buy land and improve parks and recreation in the city

Salt Lake County, Utah – A $47 million regional parks and trails bond won passage with 56% approval.  It will help develop parks and recreation areas in the fast-growing county.

Founded in 1972, The Trust for Public Land is the leading nonprofit working to conserve land for people. Operating from more than 30 offices nationwide, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than three million acres from the inner city to the wilderness and helped generate more than 34 billion in public funds for conservation. Nearly ten million people live within a ten-minute walk of a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Learn more at tpl.org.

SOURCE The Trust For Public Land

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