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FOREVER WILD LAND TRUST IS GOOD FOR THE STATE

The Atmore Advance, May 24, 2017

Herrington said the economic study verified what the study sponsors expected from setting aside land for public access and recreational use.

“We feel it’s a conservative estimate to what public lands bring to the state,” she said. “We focused just on Forever Wild land. When you look at some of the ways the program is able to leverage funds from federal, private and nonprofit sources, it adds to the value.

“So we think it brings more economic benefits than can even be quantified through this economic report.”


study affirms forever wild's impact

The Florence Courier-Journal, May 18, 2017

At last week’s Forever Wild Land Trust Board meeting in Spanish Fort, Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama, took her turn during the public comment portion of the meeting to remind those in attendance of the enormous impact of Forever Wild and outdoors recreation on Alabama’s economy.

“We partnered with The Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy and others to do an economic impact study to show the economic value of the program so we would have the information when we were talking with legislators and voters about the actual benefits the program does bring to the state,” Herrington said. “There have been attacks in recent years on public lands. So we had an idea there would be continued threats to Forever Wild, and we wanted to bring the numbers into the conversation.”

Herrington said the economic study showed that for every $1 invested in public land through the Forever Wild Land Trust, $5 is returned in goods and services to the state.


OUR VIEW: ONCE AND FOR ALL, HANDS OFF FOREVER WILD

The Gadsden Times, May 11, 2017

Tammy Herrington, director of Conservation Alabama, told AL.com that a recent study shows that every dollar invested in Forever Wild is returned fivefold to the state in natural goods and services.

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AL.com, March 8, 2017

Tammy Herrington has spent the past 20 years calling Alabama home. As the Executive Director of Conservation Alabama, she tracks the decisions made by local, state, and national elected officials protecting the people and places in Alabama we all love.

ADEM SAYS FEDERAL FUNDING SECURE

The Decatur Daily, January 26, 2017

A grant freeze is worrisome, said Stefanie Francisco, development and communications director for Conservation Alabama, an environmental lobbying organization. “I think there might be a general idea about the EPA that doesn’t take into account the work on the ground that happens,” Francisco said. And that work requires funding.
"If you look at the list, there are things on there we all think are important," Francisco said. "Air pollution monitoring and mitigation, radon testing, the removal of old, leaking oil tanks. We rely on these a lot more than the average person might think."

STATE PARKS AMENDMENT 2 WINS IN A LANDSLIDE

Bham Now, November 9, 2016

“Alabamians have once again shown their support for our state parks. This is a tremendous win for conservation and for our state’s most precious places,” stated Tammy Herrington, Executive Director, Conservation Alabama in an email to supporters.

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WPMI-Mobile, November 9, 2016

"Tonight, Alabamians made it clear they saw through confusing ballot language and widespread misinterpretations and understood that state parks need to be able to keep the money they earn," said Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. "We know that state parks are vitally important to our communities, and the voters demonstrated that tonight by passing Amendment 2."
"This is a fundamental shift for our state parks," Herrington continued. "After several years of watching the money they've earned go out the door to fund other state programs, the state parks division will now be able to budget effectively without worrying about another transfer to the General Fund."

AMENDMENTS ONE AND TWO APPROVED BY ALABAMA VOTERS

The Auburn Plainsman, November 9, 2016

"Tonight, Alabamians made it clear they saw through confusing ballot language and widespread misinterpretations and understood that state parks need to be able to keep the money they earn," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama. 

PARKS AMENDMENT LANGUAGE BECOMES POINT OF CONTENTION

Montgomery Advertiser, October 26, 2016

“You can already contract out in state parks,” said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, which supports passage of Amendment 2. “The only change in Amendment 2 would be they could hire out concessions for places that already received bond money.”
Herrington of Conservation Alabama said her group did not see this as a “coup” against the state parks, adding that their priority was protecting park money. “To be clear, if Amendment 2 does not pass, the parks will still be able to contract out in certain areas, but the funding will not be protected,” she said.

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Montgomery Advertiser, October 23, 2016

Facing a budget deficit in 2015, the Legislature transferred about $3 million out of the state’s parks funds. That led to the closing of five parks and layoffs. Local communities and private companies ultimately took over management of four of the five parks.

“It reduces our ability as citizens to access those parks and enjoy them,” said Tammy Herrington, the executive director of Conservation Alabama.


BALLOT BUNGLES WILL COST TAXPAYERS

Lagniappe, October 19, 2016

An error by an employee of the Alabama secretary of state’s office that led to the misprinting of November’s ballots will cost taxpayers — and could have potentially cost state parks millions in funding annually if Conservation Alabama, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, had not caught the mistake and brought it to the attention of state officials. 

Alabama Secretary of State’s Office reprinting 2.7 million ballots to correct Amendment 2 language

WHNT, September 30, 2016

The group Conservation Alabama says it notified the state of an error with the language for Amendment 2. The first two paragraphs were left off the sample ballot. The group says this means key language that addressed the permanent protection of state parks funding was omitted.

 


SB260 UP FOR DEBATE

APTV's Capitol Journal, March 11, 2016

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ADEM, Northern Beltline, clean power, state parks: alabama environmental issues in 2016

BirminghamWatch.org, January 31, 2016

Conservation Alabama in January launched a pre-emptive campaign to try to hold off more cuts in the 2016-17 budget, preparing an email for Alabama residents to send to the governor and their representatives.

The email states that Alabama’s state parks are a safe haven for wildlife as well as providing recreational opportunities for residents. “Perhaps most importantly of all, state parks provide a connection to our state, and a place where our families can experience nature firsthand,” the email states. It cites a University of Alabama study that estimated the parks have an estimated $375 million economic impact in the state and support 5,340 jobs.


Want to fight to save Alabama state parks? Your email is already written

AL.com, January 21, 2016

A conservation group fighting to preserve Alabama's state parks is asking you for help. And they've already written the email to your legislators for you.
Conservation Alabama has prepared an email expressing your support of state parks to send to your senator and representatives as well as Gov. Robert Bentley.
The organization, in a post on its website last week, points out that budget cuts in 2015 led to the closure of five state parks and that early indications suggest more cuts for the parks may be coming this year. The legislative sessions begins Feb. 2.

STATE PARKS' FUTURE plans IN JEOPARDY

The Cleburne News, October 8, 2015

Tammy Herrington, executive director of the lobbying group Conservation Alabama, said a grassroots campaign to save the parks can be effective. In the last budget session, legislators heard from their constituents and it did make an impact – the $3 million taken from the Department of Conservation’s budget was less than half of what was originally discussed, she said.

Whether advocacy can keep voters interested into the next budget season is a question, Herrington said. She believes people will respond if they hear there is a danger of more cuts.

“In Alabama, we care a lot about our land and water,” Herrington said.


EVIDENCE SAYS MORE ALABAMA STATE PARKS COULD CLOSE IN 2016

AL.com, October 6, 2015

"I think you've got five years in a row of us taking administrative transfers from the Department of Conservation and putting them into other areas of our government," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama. "Certainly, we have a pattern here, and we're concerned that will happen in the next fiscal year."
"Some of the budget problems are still there so there is certainly a risk that continued transfers could occur, which put our state parks at risk," Herrington said. "If you look at it this way, whether you're an individual household or a business, if your funds are cut five years in a row, you cannot continue to provide the same services.
"There's no way for the Department of Conservation to continue to provide all of the services that it does for the public if these funding transfers continue. We're certainly concerned about what next year's budget will provide."
"We know (the messages were) effective because, first of all, it could have been a lot worse," Herrington said. "The original number was 15 state parks were slated to close."

Alabama Power SOLAR INITIATIVE APPROVED BY PSC

AL.com, September 1, 2015

"We're excited that this has been approved and we look forward to working with Alabama Power and others to expand renewables in the state," said Conservation Alabama executive director Tammy Herrington. "We think it's a good first step. We're excited to see what comes next."

Conservationists, outdoor enthusiasts rejoice as forever wild lives on

AL.com, August 7, 2015

"This is great news for our state," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, which urged members and concerned citizens to contact their representatives after the bill passed the Senate. 
"Alabamians voted overwhelmingly in support of Forever Wild in 2012, and we saw in the last few days that it's still a top priority," Herrington said. "Since Wednesday morning, over 900 messages were sent to legislators by voters who care about public lands, and that clearly paid off.
"We're glad Senator Scofield heard the message loud and clear: Alabamians will not choose between Forever Wild and state parks." 

SEnator announces hold on bill to defund forever wild

The Daily Home, August 7, 2015

"We're relieved that Forever Wild is safe and look forward to a solution for funding for our state parks," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of the Conservation Alabama Foundation, a state advocacy group. "Not only are public lands important for hunting, they also provide a foundation for eco-tourism."

Bill would move forever wild money to state parks

The Decatur Daily, August 7, 2015

“Voters have overwhelming supported Forever Wild twice, originally by 83 percent and then in 2012 with over 75 percent,” said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama. “We have told our leaders that we support this program.”
Herrington said the program provides easily accessible hunting lands to the public and in turn boosts local economies.

FOREVER WILD IS A PROGRAM THAT SHOULD NEVER BE TAMPERED WITH - NEVER!

AL.com Opinion, August 5, 2015

Conservation Alabama executive director Tammy Herrington said the bill that passed the Senate would permanently damage the Forever Wild program, which Alabama voters have strongly supported.

This Massive Utility Wants More Renewable Energy Because Corporations Are Demanding It

ThinkProgress, July 16, 2015

“This is the beginning of what we would like to see as a long-term change in how Alabama produces and uses energy,” said Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. “Alabama Power is signaling their commitment to renewable energy, and we look forward to working with them to expand this program to make our state a leader in solar energy.”

ALABAMA POWER PROPOSES UP TO 500 MEGAWATTS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS, INCLUDING SOLAR

AL.com, July 14, 2015

Non-profit group Conservation Alabama released a statement Tuesday afternoon praising the proposal. 
"This is the beginning of what we would like to see as a long-term change in how Alabama produces and uses energy," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama in a news release. "Alabama Power is signaling their commitment to renewable energy, and we look forward to working with them to expand this program to make our state a leader in solar energy."

CONServation alabama commends alabama power

Alabama Political Reporter, July 14, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14, Conservation Alabama put out a statement to commend Alabama Power’s efforts to generate 500 megawatts of energy from renewable resources, including solar. The Southern Company affiliate has applied for approval from the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC) to provide options for customers who want to purchase renewable energy, including projects that generate up to 80 megawatts each.
Executive Director of Conservation Alabama, Tammy Herrington said in a statement, “This is the beginning of what we would like to see as a long-term change in how Alabama produces and uses energy.  Alabama Power is signaling their commitment to renewable energy, and we look forward to working with them to expand this program to make our State a leader in solar energy.”
Herrington said, “Renewable energy means cleaner water and air for all Alabamians.  More companies and more citizens are demanding renewable energy options. This is a win for our environment, our economy, and our communities.”
Founded in 1999, Conservation Alabama is the only full-time lobbyist for the environment in our State. Conservation Alabama has offices in Mobile and Montgomery.

bill would create state climatologist office

The Montgomery Advertiser, March 24, 2015

Such talk makes environmental groups in the state – ranked 23rd in the nation by population but 14th for carbon emissions – uneasy. Christy dismisses concerns by saying that he uses "hard-core science" and does not "invent things to scare people. But Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, said Tuesday she would prefer to see someone with a "more balanced view" of climate change in the role.
"I live on the coast, and we know there are going to be (climate change) issues, whether you believe they're man-made or not," she said. "We want someone advising our state well so we can prepare for them. But I would advocate for someone from our perspective who is a little more open-minded to what it is happening and that need to prepare for it."

League of conservation voters slams alabama congressional delegation

Alabama Political Reporter, March 4, 2015

The Executive Director of Conservation Alabama Tammy Herrington said, “We know that Alabama's voters see conservation as a non-partisan issue.  We want to continue to work with our elected officials to make sure that their votes in Congress reflect the reality that our economy and our communities depend on a healthy, accessible environment.”
Conservation Alabama is the statewide affiliate to the League of Conservation Voters.  As the Alabama conservation community’s political organization, Conservation Alabama says that their mission is to protect the people and places you love.

Montevallo's Complete Streets program encouraging routes for cyclists, pedestrians, buses

AL.com, May 6, 2013

"Providing transportation options for everyone will create environmental, economic and health benefits for the Montevallo community," Conservation Alabama outreach coordinator Ryan Parker said in a statement today.
Parker helped the City Council and the ValloCycle group with the resolution. ValloCycle with support from Conservation Alabama modeled the resolution after a policy instituted in Birmingham that is "recognized as one of the nation's leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy," according to the statement from Parker's group.
Parker said more than 15 Alabama cities "have voiced support for Complete Streets, and I am thrilled to see Montevallo become the latest city to formally recognize the importance of building roads for people, not just cars."

Lawmakers approve lower fees for burying hazardous waste at Emelle landfill

The Associated Press, April 30, 2013

"With today's vote, the Alabama Legislature has doubled-down on a facility that has failed to boost Sumter County's economy and will likely lead to increased hazardous waste coming to Alabama," Executive Director Adam Snyder said. "Alabama's reputation as the nation's dumping ground is safe thanks to this ill-advised legislation."