Forever Wild Land Trust to Hold Three Public Listening Sessions to Aid in Long-Range Planning

On behalf of the Forever Wild Land Trust Board of Trustees, the Alabama State Lands Division will host three public listening sessions in 2014 to assist in the development of a long-range plan for the Forever Wild Land Trust program. This initial five-year plan will be updated thereafter on five-year increments. The focus of this plan will be to outline goals related to future Forever Wild land acquisitions, anticipated activities on currently held Forever Wild lands and anticipated activities of the Forever Wild Land Trust Board.
 
Dates and locations of the public listening sessions are listed below:
 
January 23, 2014
Jackson Center 
6001 Moquin Dr.
Huntsville, Ala., 35806
 
February 20, 2014
Five River Delta Resource Center 
30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort, Ala., 36527 
 
February 27, 2014
Jefferson State Community College - Shelby Campus
4600 Valleydale Rd.
Birmingham, Ala., 35242
 
All of the listening sessions will begin at 6 p.m. with a brief presentation about the Forever Wild Land Trust program. The meetings will then be opened to receive comments from the public regarding suggested program goals for the future.
 
In addition to these public listening sessions, the public can provide written comments through the Forever Wild website, www.alabamaforeverwild.com/index.php/five-year-plan.
 
The Forever Wild Land Trust began in 1992 with the passing of Alabama Constitutional Amendment 543. This amendment was passed by 83 percent of voters during that year’s general election. The constitutional amendment provided funding for this state land acquisition program for 20 years. During the 2012 general election, Alabama voters again passed a constitutional amendment reauthorizing the funding of the Forever Wild Land Trust program for another 20 years.
 
During its first 21 years, the Forever Wild Land Trust program completed the acquisition of 104 tracts of land totaling 240,678 acres. These public lands are found within 26 of Alabama’s 67 counties providing Alabamians and visitors with opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, trail riding, wildlife viewing and other outdoor enjoyment as well as preserving the state’s natural heritage. All of this acreage is public land managed as nature preserve/recreation areas, additions to wildlife management areas and additions to Alabama State Parks.
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.   
 
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