On the occasion of Earth Day (Thursday, April 22), the Florida Forever Coalition is gathering to call for continued support for the Florida Forever program in the final days of the 2010 legislative session.
The Coalition will host a press conference at noon Thursday on the front steps of the Historic Capitol. Throughout Thursday the Department of Environmental Protection is hosting its Earth Day celebration in Waller Park. The Florida Forever Coalition will also be present there.
As the state Senate and state House conference on the Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget, the Coalition is working feverishly to ensure that Florida Forever funding is included. In 2008, the Legislature unanimously reauthorized Florida Forever for 10 years at $300 million in bonding annually.
The Florida Forever Coalition includes more than 175 organizations, agencies and businesses with environmental, recreational, cultural and community missions. The Coalition steering committee includes The Nature Conservancy, 1000 Friends of Florida, Audubon of Florida, Defenders of Wildlife, Florida Wildlife Federation, Florida Recreation & Park Association and The Trust for Public Land.
The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Realtors have endorsed the Coalition’s push for Florida Forever funding.
For more information about Florida Forever or the upcoming Florida Forever Day at the Capitol, please contact Jill Austin (321) 689-6099 or Andy McLeod (850) 443-4966.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.