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Conservation finance links, 6/1/12

June 1, 2012

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Twice each month The Trust for Public Land’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
300K acres still at risk in the bay area

Marin County open space tax headed to November ballot

Colorado
Garfield County group trying to get open space tax on Fall ballot

Garfield County to survey residents on open space

Florida
Pasco County voters may see open space sales tax extension in November

Maine
Land bond could be vetoed

Massachusetts
Freetown may try CPA again

Missouri
Kansas City placing parks tax on August ballot

New Jersey
Bill would allow voluntary contributions to Meadowlands conservation

Ohio
Mid term budget heads to Governor with $42M for Clean Ohio Fund

Oregon
Bend looking for input on potential park bond

Pennsylvania
Conservationist upset over PA budget cuts

Support shown for preserving conservation funding in budget

Texas
El Paso City Council approves new version of parks bond

Austin bond package now down to $400M

Virginia
Fairfax County placing parks and flood control bonds on November ballot

Washington
Yakima considers special park district

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Conservation finance links, 2/15/12

February 16, 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.

California
3 California counties celebrated for open space preservation

Marin County to launch ag preservation program

Colorado
Erie open space tax extension polls well, placed on April ballot

Louisville to poll residents on open space tax

Fort Collins celebrates 20 year anniversary of open space tax

Florida
Martin County looking to spend last of 2006 voter approved funds

Massachusetts
Article examining the current state of CPA

Michigan
Land use and transit are keys to sustainability in Ann Arbor

Missouri
Johnson County deserves better parks. Op-ed

New Hampshire
Land acquired for Albany Town Forest. TPL project

NH proposal could would impact local conservation efforts

New Jersey
Morris County reduces open space tax for the fifth consecutive year

New York
Need remains for Suffolk County land preservation

North Dakota
Fate of oil tax conservation measure hinges on sportsmen

Pennsylvania
Governor looks to raid open space funding

Texas
Editorial calls for stop to sporting goods sales tax raids

Virginia
Lawmakers seek more money for easements

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Conservation finance links, 1/31

January 31, 2012

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

Colorado
Erie tests April 2012 open space tax extension

More on Erie

Connecticut
Granby voters approve bond for town projects including preservation of farmland

New Jersey
Cape May County Freeholders continue to pass up state open space funds

Somerset County protects nearly 1,000 acres in 2011

New York
Suffolk County legislators consider raid on open space sales tax

North Carolina
Cary looking at November bond package which could include park funding

Cumberland County looks at 2013 park bond measure

Pennsylvania
Growing Greener Coalition pushes for passage of Marcellus Shale bill

Texas
El Paso considers November “quality of life” bond, including open space, parks and trails

San Antonio prepares May bond package which includes park funding

Virginia
Legislation introduced to promote easements through tax credit program

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Conservation finance link, 8/1

August 1, 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.
Arizona
Prescott open space goals falling short

California
Marin County plan could pave way for new open space tax

Governor signs bill tohelp Midpen stretch open space dollars

Sacramento Parks continues to be debated

Editorial on Sacramento Parks

Colorado
Pitkin County open space board wants open space tax increase following reduction 2 years ago

Georgia
Dunwoody sends $66M in park bonds to voters in November

New Jersey
Bulrington County eyes 10 farms for preservation

Moorestown still debating how to use open space funds, considering ballot measure to decide

Colts Neck considering referendum to put more open space money towards o and m

Pennsylvania
Franklin Township will try for new open space tax again in November

Virginia
Turning Crystal City into an urban community

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Conservation finance links, 1/15

January 18, 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.

Climate Change
Reports lists top 10 ecosystems most threatened by climate change

Illinois
Kane County places $30M open space bond on April ballot
more here

Massachusetts
Analysis of Community Preservation Act 10 years on
More
and more

New Jersey
Township considers open space tax
New survey shows Cumberland County residents would support open space tax increase
Funding threatened for NJ open space payment in lieu of taxes program

Texas
Travis County looking at November bond which includes open space funding

Virginia
Governor outlines open space, farmland and forestry initiatives for 2011

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Conservation finance links, October 14

October 14, 2010

Twice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to state and local conservation finance stories from around the nation. These links increase in interest as we approach election day. 

According to TPL’s LandVote database, since 1988 states and communities nationwide have approved 2263 conservation finance measures that have generated nearly $54.2 billion in funding for local parks, greenways, and natural areas.

This year, there are statewide measures on the ballot in California, Iowa, Maine, Rhode Island, and Oregon. Arizonans face a measure that would end their statewide conservation funding program and add the existing monies to the general fund. And communities in more than a dozen states will vote on conservation funding measures. If you live in one of those states or communities, please check the box to give your conservation programs more muscle.

Now, here are today’s conservation finance links.

Arizona
More on Prop 301 which would sweep open space funds in the general fund

Colorado
Endorsement of Boulder County open space tax
More on Boulder open space tax
and More

Florida
Ormond Beach closer to securing property with Aug. bond funds

Georgia
Georgia conservation program hits milestone

Iowa
State prepares to vote on conservation trust fund
More on this story

Maine
Land for Maine’s Future’s program seeks funding infusion on Nov. 2

Missouri
Columbia parks sales tax would strengthen economy

New York
More on TPL’s report on the economic benefits of Long Island conservation

Pennsylvania
More on natural gas tax debate

Rhode Island
Voters to see statewide open space bond on Nov. 2 

Utah
West Valley voters prepare for $25M open space bond
West Valley bond would fund 17 new parks
Bond endorsement

Virginia
Economist says now is the time to revamp states open space protection tools

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Conservation Finance Links, 9/15

September 15, 2010


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.

Arizona
Prop 301 seeks to balance state budget by diverting voter approved open space funds

Colorado
Colorado Springs again seeks to divert open space money towards maintenance

Massachusetts
Marlborough voters will see CPA on Fall ballot

Michigan
Kent County still deciding on funding its farmland preservation program

New Jersey
Hudson County to suspend open space tax this year
Another Township seeks to reduce open space tax
Cumberland County to survey residents on open space
Burlington County begins new Municipal Park Development Program
Lebanon Township residents fear population burst if they take state conservation money for new park

Pennsylvania
Gas tax still faces significant hurdles; State legislators also up against Oct. 1 deadline
Onorato says natural gas tax needed to protect environment
Rendell pays visit, pitches for drilling tax
Environmentalists seek funding from Marcellus Shale taxes
After months of debate Upper Providence finally decides how to use open space funds

Virginia
Stafford County eyes options to save open space

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Pleasure House Point – a conservation narrative

July 29, 2010

Pleasure House Point, Viginia Beach, VA - Photo: Tim Solanic

Every morning I read press from around the nation about conservation projects. Most often, these are written from press releases and relate little beyond a brief description of the land that is or wil be protected, where the money comes from, and what the local senator, mayor, or conservation leader has to say about the project.

It isn’t often that a writer attempts to construct a real narrative around a conservation project or describe how it came to be. But Deirdre Fernandes of The Virginian-Pilot has done exactly this in writing about TPL’s work with Wells Fargo Bank and conservation and government leaders in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to protect 122 acres of wetlands, forests, and beaches once slated to become a community of 1,000 homes.

Over lunch at Chick’s Oyster Bar on a rainy Tuesday in May, conservationists and officials from Wells Fargo bank hammered out the fate of the largest piece of undeveloped waterfront property on the Lynnhaven River.

“A rainy Tuesday in May”—I love this detail, because it means that the writer probably had to ask someone what day of the week it was and what the weather was like, understanding that the information would allow readers to picture the scene. You can almost hear the source thinking, “what earthly difference does it make?” But with an opening like that, you know you are in for a “story” and not simply an “article.”

The piece goes on to describe how the developers who owned the land got into money trouble (yet the latest example of the “green lining” to the nation’s financial storm clouds) and how conservationists got to make their case to the bank.

Kent Whitehead, the Chesapeake project director for The Trust for Public Land, flew in from Washington to pitch a proposal to the bankers who had taken control of the property. The trust, working with the city and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, could buy the land quickly, Whitehead told them.

Modern conservation can be complicated, and this deal is not yet complete. But in 730 words, this newspaper piece not only describes the details of a very complex transaction, but suggests some of the drama involved in putting the opportunity together. Worth the read.

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Conservation finance links, July 15

July 15, 2010

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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. 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.

California
TPL assists local land trust in conserving thousands of acres in the Sierra Nevada
Farmers concerned with loss of land and tax breaks

Connecticut
State considers open space funding
Another story on this topic
Census figures show state is still sprawling

Florida
Collier County running out of conservation funding

Massachusetts
Belmont groups looking at Community Preservation Act
Beverly group looking at CPA too
More on the statewide Community Preservation Act legislation

Michigan
Op-Ed urges support for Oakland County parks millage

New Jersey
Burlington County shifts open space tax priorities
Another story on this topic
Hudson County reduces open space tax

New York
New report from state comptroller examines the Environmental Protection Fund

Ohio
Butler County places parks levy on November ballot

Utah
Summit County places $25M bond on ballot for open space and trails
Another story on this topic

Virginia
Arlington County to consider parks and rec bond in November

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Conservation finance links, 6/15

June 15, 2010

 LandVote(TM) LogoTwice each month TPL’s Conservation Finance service publishes links to 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.

California
State parks vehicle fee qualifies for November ballot

Colorado
Arapahoe County FY open space successes

Connecticut
After successful voter referendum, Harwinton dedicates new piece of open space

Massachusetts
Conference on New England’s forests draws many
More on restoring LWCF to full funding

Missouri
Columbia gears up for parks sales tax renewal
Another on this topic

Virginia
Arlington County open space groups look for park acquisition earmarks in budget

Washington
Open space plan adopted in King County

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