On Tuesday, November 7, New York voters have the chance to improve sustainability for local communities and cherished forest lands. On this year’s ballot, in addition to local and state races, there are three important ballot questions. The third question–Proposal 3 or Prop 3–would make government more efficient, communities more secure, and protect our Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.
We’re urging our supporters to vote YES on Proposal 3. When you go to the polls, you’ll find the proposals on the back of the ballot. Flip your ballot over, find Prop 3, and vote YES.
Why is Proposal 3 important?
New York’s Adirondack and Catskill Parks are two of the largest natural areas in the United States. Over two and a half million acres of the Adirondacks, and close to 300,000 acres of the Catskills are protected as “Forever Wild” Forest Preserves under New York’s constitution. Both parks, however, also include many small towns and villages. Because of how the forest preserve clause in the state constitution is currently written, there are times when these small towns and villages can’t make infrastructure or road safety improvements without formally amending the state constitution by passing a statewide ballot measure.
Proposal 3 will be an amendment to the “Forever Wild” clause of the Constitution, Article XIV, creating a 250-acre health and safety “land bank”, land set aside, for Adirondack and Catskill communities to make needed health and safety improvements, such as fixing road hazards, improving wells for drinking water, and creating bike paths.
Proposal 3 will make it far less burdensome for these towns and villages to make needed health and safety improvements. The land bank will only be available when there is no choice but to use Forest Preserve lands, and it applies only to small projects. In fact, the total amount of land set aside for this purpose will be limited to no more than 250 acres, and before any of the land can be used, a separate 250 acres will be acquired by the State so there will be no net loss to the Forest Preserve. Each project will be subject to environmental oversight by the State, and Proposal 3 will not require any new taxes or fees.
The Nature Conservancy has worked with affected communities, conservation partners, and State lawmakers to get this measure on the ballot, and we are confident that Proposal 3 appropriately balances the needs of the local communities with the unique and important benefits of the Forest Preserve.
The Nature Conservancy supports Proposal 3 and is asking all of our members, trustees, and supporters to remember to flip your ballot and VOTE YES on Election Day, November 7th!
What can I do?
- Share this page with your friends & family! Email them or share the news on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ImVotingYesonProp3, and encourage them to do the same.
- On November 7, vote YES on Prop 3 to protect our forests and support Adirondack and Catskill communities for generations to come. Don’t forget: Flip your ballot over to vote yes on Prop 3.
The Nature Conservancy has independently paid for this communication.