Alabama Land Trust is one of almost 100 conservation groups, businesses and governmental entities who have joined forces to urge the renewal of the Alabama Forever Wild program.

Walls of Jericho in Jackson County, one of the special places protected by Forever Wild

Alabama’s Forever Wild program, established by a hughly popular constitutional amendment in 1992, is due to expire on Oct. 1, 2012. The Alabama Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, other land trusts and the Alabama Wildlife Federation are urging the renewal of the successful program, as is, without any changes.

The Forever Wild funding has been used to purchase more than 200,000 acres of high value land for permanent protection and public use. 

Forever Wild has helped protect land for almost 20 years without taxing Alabamians. Instead, the program is funded by interest earned from Gulf oil and gas leases. 

This public-use, permanently protected land includes the Walls of Jericho in Jackson County and more than 200 acres at Ruffner Moutain Nature Center  in Birmingham in Jefferson County where the Protect Forever Wild Coalition met on June 10.

To learn more about Forever Wild, join the Coalition and sign up for e-mail alerts as we work to assure that Forever Wild keeps saving Alabama’s special places for Alabamians for years to come, visit the coalition website at:

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