Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Conservation finance links, 3/30/12

March 30, 2012

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation. As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.

Arizona
Bill tries to raid voter approved Growing Smarter fund

But

Bill is defeated in House

California
Land access essential for public support of Sonoma County Ag Preservation District

Colorado
Eagle County open space tax discussed

50 years of land preservation celebrated in Colorado

Illinois
History of Forest Preserve Districts discussed

Iowa
Editorial praises Missouri soils sales tax, encourages Iowa to do the same

Massachusetts
Canton prepares for CPA vote on Tuesday

Freetown prepares for CPA vote on Monday

Canton selectmen vote to oppose CPA

More on Canton

CPA discussions advance in may Mass communities

Wayland considers cutting back CPA surcharge

Wayland citizen explains potential CPA rollback

Duxbury Town Meeting votes to trim CPA surcharge

Minnesota
Jurisdictions fight over Legacy funding

Missouri
St. Charles County voters, after legislative approval, may see sales tax for parks and trails

North Carolina
Cary considering bond for parks and transportation

Oregon
Bend may see parks bond this November

Pennsylvania
Bucks County presents economic case for open space

Corbett budget bad for the environment

Corbett seeks to raid conservation funds

Corbett budget would hurt farmland preservation

Utah
Salt Lake County examining $110M bond for park improvements

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Conservation finance links, 11/1

October 31, 2011

Photo: Tom Arthur/Wikipedia Commons

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation. As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.

Colorado
Larimer County celebrates its 150th anniversary

Pitkin County open space officials want tax levy restored

Georgia
Op-Ed in support of Dunwoody park acquisition bond

Minnesota
Better reporting of Legacy fund spending isneeded

New Jersey
Morris County open space funds may be used to buy flood-damaged homes

Morris County hits 20,000 preserved acre milestone

New Mexico
Sante Fe council considering spring bond measureswhichcould includeparks and recreation

New York
State property tax cap could hurt Town’s open space acquisitions

Pennsylvania
Franklin Township voters to see open space tax again on November ballot

South Carolina

County Council considers $20M open space bond

Texas
Travis County prepares for park bond vote

In support of Travis County bonds

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Conservation finance links, 6/1

June 1, 2011

Residents promote Oregon's successful Proposition 76 last November

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation. As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.

California
In support of the Laguna Beach open space initiative

Funding Sacramento parks

More on Sacramento

Orange County reveals Measure M open space

Connecticut
Acquisition ruled invalid, referendum needed

Minnesota
Legislature adjourns without Legacy bill

Putting Legacy funds in perspective

Missouri
Anti-tax sentiment keeps Greene County measure off the ballot

New Jersey
2009 bond funds are authorized

More

More

Green Acres program turns 50

Use of open space tax questioned

Maintaining Cumberland County’s preservation program

Pennsylvania
Protecting Growing Greener

Upper Saucon open space group sends recommendations to supervisors

Texas
Funding available for Collin County open space projects

Wisconsin
Legislature trims stewardship and conservation budget

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Conservation finance links, 4/1

May 2, 2011

Photo: Tom Arthur/Wikipedia Commons

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation. As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.

California
Laguna Beach residents collecting signatures for open space funding measure

More

Competition heats up for California’s conservation dollars

Budget squeeze could slow open space deals

Florida
Collier County residents open to parks tax

Georgia
New conservation tax credit rules await Governor’s signature

Minnesota
Washington County commissioners debate public access issue

Missouri
Greene County to consider parks tax renewal

More

Montana
Lewis and Clark County open space bond money beginning to be spent

New Jersey
Wyckoff Township becomes first municipality in 2011 to place open space tax on November ballot

Pennsylvania
Editorial on new Growing Greener efforts

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Conservation finance links, 3/15

April 15, 2011

Vermont town selectman voting, 1940 - Photo: Marion Post Wolcott

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation. In addition to helping states and communities organize and pass conservation finance measures, the service operates TPL’s LandVoteTM database of all such measures since 1988.

Colorado
Boulder officials dealing with growing number of people using their open spaces

Illinois
Kane County voters approve more open space funding

Maryland
State conservation funding in limbo

Massachusetts
Somerset considers CPA

Pelham becomes first CPA referendum in 2011

Easton tries to roll back CPA

Lexington voters reject CPA roll back

North Attleboro may revisit CPA

Minnesota
House and Senate begin debating outdoor spending

Mississippi
Senate approves Southaven parks tax, now goes to voters

Officials try and divide up Legacy Amendment funds

Ohio
Ohio may be dealing with loss of nature preserves due to budget cuts

Texas
Citizens group looking and projects for November Travis County bond

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Conservation finance links, 2/15

February 15, 2011

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Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation.  As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.
California
Cuts to Williamson Act will have major effect on open space protection

Federal
Senate Bill extends tax breaks for donated land

Georgia
Dunwoody considering parks bond

Illinois
Will County considering another open space bond

Michigan
Lawmaker would like to divert state conservation funds

Minnesota
Analysis of Clean Water, Land and Legacy Act

Pennsylvania
Lehigh County leaders call for continued state conservation funding

County Commissioner urges support of Monroe County open space bond

Monroe County open space bond is a tough sell

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Conservation finance links, November 15

November 15, 2010

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation.  This first posting after the election, includes stories on some of the measures voters faced on November 2.  Of the 35 measures on last-week’s ballots, 28 were approved, generating more than $2 billion in new conservation funding.  As always, TPL’s online LandVote database provides the best source of data on conservation finance measures since 1988.

Colorado
Boulder County continues to hold slim lead
Lawmakers approve conservation easement review

Iowa
Despite statewide trust fund success, GOP leaders do not plan on increasing sales tax

Massachusetts
Middleboro CPA to be delayed until next summer
More on Middleboro CPA
State is buying land at a rate of 54 acres a day
Sunderland one of 4 communities to approve CPA on election day

Michigan
Meridian Township renews open space tax

Minnesota
Public access to open space a key question in Washington County

Missouri
Columbia voters approve parks sales tax

New Jersey
Southern NJ gaining farms while losing farmland
Old Bridge Township voters end open space tax after 10 years

South Carolina
Despite overwhelming support Dorchester County open space bond may be delayed

Texas
Dallas preparing new parks bond package

Utah
Snyderville Basin voters overwhelmingly approve open space bond
West Valley voters reject open space bond

Washington
Sustaining Seattle parks during tight budgets

Wisconsin
Iowa success leads the way for Wisconsin conservation funding

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Conservation finance links, 3/31

March 31, 2010

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to conservation finance stories from around the nation. 

Arizona
Arizona voters will see measure on November ballot to raid voter approved open space funds to fill budget gaps

Prescott continues to look at change in open space spending

California
Poll shows voters would cut funds for parks

Minnesota
State conservation trust fund stripped of funding

Washington County begins to spend open space bond funds approved in 2006

New Hampshire
Analysis on recent failed conservation finance measures

Another on this topic

New Jersey
Cumberland County halts farmland preservation

Another on this topic

New York
In latest budget, EPF funding is restored

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Some in Minnesota ask: “how much public land?”

February 18, 2010

Along the Vermillion River, Minnesota - Photo: Peter Crouser

In 2008, Minnesota voters passed that state’s record-setting $5.5 billion Clean Water, Land and Legacy constitutional amendment–expected to generate approximately $200 million per year over 25 years to protect and restore natural areas, parks, and lands vital to water quality.

Now a long story by Doug Smith in the Outdoors section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune website highlights the concerns of a few Minnesotans that the Legacy program and other public land acquisition programs may be acquiring too much land. 

Each fall, the public lands are tramped by thousands of hunters. The lands also provide prime habitat for non-game wildlife, such as songbirds and swans.

Those public prairies, wetlands and forests also are open for trappers, wildlife watchers, photographers and others who seek wild places. And the lands also prevent erosion and improve water quality . . . .

But increasingly, some legislators, county officials and farm groups are questioning the state’s policy of acquiring lands. Their concerns clash head-on with hunting and other conservation groups, who say land acquisition should remain a key component of wildlife habitat preservation.

The story goes on to recite the arguments being floated against land aquisition.  Buying land for the public takes it off the tax roles (although the piece notes that the state makes payments in lieu of taxes), private landowners shouldn’t have to compete with the public and conservation buyers for parcels, acquisition funding might be better spent on land management. 

But Smith concludes by pointing out that only public lands are open for public recreation, that demand for them will grow as population grows, and that they are vital contributors to the state’s $11 billion travel industry. 

He might have added that Minnesota voters probably knew exactly what they were voting for in 2008.  Certainly that seems to be the sentiment in the comments to the article on the Star Tribune website, which ran heavily in support of more public land.  My favorite, entitled simply “Sing It” reads in its entirety: “This land is your land this land is my land!”

Read the entire story here.

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Links, links, conservation finance links

October 20, 2009
Our regular roundup of  news articles, mostly about conservation funding issues.

 

Arizona
Opinion piece calling for review of Arizona’s open space goals
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/
articles/2009/10/12/20091012smith13.html
 
California
Experiencing the public lands of Sonoma County
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20091005/ARTICLES/
910059968/1033?Title=A-new-way-to-experience-Sonoma-County
 
Colorado
More on Arapahoe County open space program
http://denver.yourhub.com/Littleton/Stories/News/General-News/Story~668330.aspx
 
More on Boulder County Issue 1A on November Ballot.
http://www.dailycamera.com/election/ci_13520849
 
http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_13507994
 
Boulder city council to discuss open space priorities
http://www.coloradodaily.com/cu-boulder/ci_13535350
 
Review of the benefits of Colorado Springs’ TOPS program
http://www.gazette.com/opinion/vision-63574-open-columnist.html
  
Connecticut
Preservation of 42 acre Griswold Airport site in Madison.  (TPL project)
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-save-madison-space.art.artoct06,0,4637274,print.story
 
Georgia
Marietta bond faces opposition
http://www.ajc.com/opinion/marietta-bonds-raise-debt-159214.html
 
Massachusetts
Opinion piece on building a better CPA
http://www.dailynewstribune.com/opinion/x1024418421/Holmes-Building-a-better-Community-Preservation-Act
 
Middleboro considers CPA in 2010
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091008/PUB04/910080399
 
Minnesota
Washington County still looking to spend voter-approved 2006 bond
http://www.startribune.com/local/east/63943382.html?elr=KArks:DCiUHc3E7_V_nDaycUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUU
 
New Jersey
Updates on open space bond campaign
http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/jersey/index.ssf?/base/news-15/1255485307125490.xml&coll=1
 
http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20091014/OPINION02/910140372
 
http://blog.nj.com/ledgerupdates_impact/print.html?entry=/2009/10/former_gop_candidate_steve_lon.html
 
http://www.nj.com/salem/index.ssf/2009/10/salem_county_freeholders_endor.html
 
http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20091010/OPINION03/910100320
 
http://www.politickernj.com/gitabajaj/33856/mckeon-poll-results-indicate-benefits-open-space-resonating-voters
 
http://examiner.gmnews.com/news/2009/1008/letters/011.html
 
Texas
Hays County looking for land to protect
http://www.sanmarcosrecord.com/local/local_story_281112148.html
 
Virginia
Commonwealth receives AAA bond rating from S&P
http://washington.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/06/08/daily29.html?t=printable
 
Washington
Voters in King County face charter amendment which could enhance protection of high value conservation areas
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/PrintStory.pl?document_id=2010019629&zsection_id=2008831910&slug=edit08space&date=20091007
 
King County updates farmland preservation program
http://www.northwesthub.org/king-county-farmland-preservation-program-186

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