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WSFA, October 1, 2019
Opelika-Auburn News, April 22, 2019
“It’s a significant event because 20 years ago conservation and environmental voices did not have a presence in the political realm, electoral realm, advocacy and legislature at the state level,” former Conservation Alabama director Joe Turnham said. “For two decades, Conservation Alabama gave those grassroot voices and citizens a place to plug into.”
Montgomery Advertiser, April 16, 2019
"This is not a constituent-led bill," Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, previously told the Advertiser. "This is not something coming from our voters. This has been introduced in cut and paste form."
Newsweek, April 10, 2019
Tammy Herrington, executive Director of Conservation Alabama, said: “It was disappointing to see the Senate committee take the side of out-of-state industry groups over their constituents. Alabamians want to be able to solve plastic waste problems in their community, not have their local authority undermined by the state legislature. We’ll keep working with our partners, city governments, and the voters to stop this bill.”
WSFA, April 10, 2019
The group Conservation Alabama does not support the bill. Communications Director Stefanie Francisco said this bill is not coming from constituents.
“We don’t think it’s the place for the state government to tell local communities that they can’t make laws that are impacting the natural resources that are right in their backyard,” said Francisco.
Alabama Daily News, April 10, 2019
Tammy Herrington, the executive director of Conservation Alabama, dislikes the bill.
“We see this as a bad piece of legislation for environmental reasons, but also for the fact that we have seen similar legislation introduced in other states and this bill just seems to be one of those copy and paste piece of legislation and is coming from outside of Alabama and is not a constituent-led campaign,” Herrington said.
Gadsden Times, April 9, 2019
“We think this is something that should be decided by Alabamians in their local communities,” Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama.
Herrington said this was not a “constituent-led” bill but instead was “cut and paste” legislation pushed by an outside group.
WKRG, April 9, 2019
Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, said she thought it was an issue that should be decided "by Alabamians in their local communities."
Herrington called the bill "cut and paste" legislation pushed by an outside group.
AL.com, April 9, 2019
"We think this is something that should be decided by Alabamians in their local communities," Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama.
Herrington said this was not a "constituent-led" bill but instead was "cut and paste" legislation pushed by an outside group.
Montgomery Advertiser, April 8, 2019
“This is not a constituent-led bill,” said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama. “This is not something coming from our voters. This has been introduced in cut and paste form.”
“A lot of the issues are with wildlife on the coast -- sea turtles and birds and animals that end up ingesting it or getting tangled it,” Herrington said. “There are a lot of environmental hazards.”
Alabama Political Reporter, March 22, 2019
It has been 20 years since Conservation Alabama, one of the most influential environmental groups in Alabama, was founded.
The group was founded as the Alabama League of Environmental Action Voters to give the environment a voice at the Alabama Statehouse. It was later renamed Conservation Alabama.
Conservation Alabama has worked with environmental organizations, communities, businesses and individuals to protect the people and environment.
March 13, 2019
“Senator Jones’ time in the Senate shows just how important elections are for our natural resources,” said Conservation Alabama Communications Director Stefanie Francisco. “Jones votes with Alabamians’ conservation priorities in mind: he’s a strong advocate for our water, air, public lands, and communities. We look forward to his reelection in 2020.”
WBRC Birmingham, March 7, 2019
The original bill called for a $250 fee for electric vehicles, which would have been the highest in the nation. The Conservation Alabama group originally opposed it but after some political back and forth, the fee is now lower.
"That’s a huge step in the right direction. We now have no new tax on conventional hybrids so those people aren’t going to be paying at the pump and a tax. We have a lowered tax on the plug-in hybrids and lowered tax on electric vehicles,” Stefanie Francisco, Communications Director for Conservation Alabama, said.
"Right now we have a huge deficit of charging facilities so you really can’t get from one end of the state to the other for electric vehicles and to remedy that is going to be a big step in the right direction to put us where we can make energy efficient vehicles viable in the state,” Francisco said.
Alabama Daily News, March 6, 2019
The Alabama Department of Revenue doesn’t track vehicle registration by fuel type, but Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, said electric vehicles make up about 1 percent of the state’s total.
“Mercedes is poised to produce its first electric vehicle in Alabama, and we estimate that more than 12,000 jobs have been created in Alabama producing energy efficient vehicles,” Herrington said. “It seems unwise to invite makers of this innovative technology into our state and then make it more difficult for Alabama drivers to purchase these vehicles.”
BhamNow.com, August 7, 2018
“Our organizations came together so we could show not only what Forever Wild does to protect our natural resources, but also the economic benefits it brings to Alabama,” Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. “For every dollar invested, $5 is returned to our state in natural goods and services. The tourism benefits and the access to hunting, fishing and wildlife watching are real economic drivers for local communities.”
Tammy Herrington reminds Alabamians, keeping Forever Wild takes more that enjoying the land, it takes getting involved.
“The main thing people can do, besides going out and enjoying these lands set aside for our use and enjoyment, is to voice and show their support for the program. When local and statewide elected officials realize the overwhelming support Forever Wild has, they are more likely to continue to back the program.”
AL.com, July 24, 2018
"Americans overwhelmingly want cleaner, more efficient cars," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama. "Making cars that go farther on a gallon of gas is common sense.
"It puts money back in our citizens' pockets, lessens our dependence on oil, and reduces the pollution to our air and communities."
WRBC (FOX), Tuscaloosa, July 24, 2018
CBS42, Birmingham, July 24, 2018
Inside Alabama Politics, February 23, 2018
Tammy Herrington, Executive Director – Conservation Alabama, says flatly, “This is an anti-Forever Wild bill.”
“House Bill 362 goes even further than ending Forever Wild’s ability to acquire new land by specifying that money will be taken from the stewardship fund to pay property taxes in the event the program is not reauthorized in 2032. This threatens the program’s ability to maintain the lands purchased long-term. Forever Wild was designed to be able to care for its properties in perpetuity, and this bill would make that impossible. Alabamians have made it clear that we support public lands for hunting, fishing and recreation. Any legislation that would threaten Forever Wild’s ability to purchase future lands for hunting and recreation is unacceptable,” Herrington said.
Lagniappe, January 31, 2018
The ARG comprises Conservation Alabama, the Alabama Renewal Group, Mobile Baykeeper, Conservation Alabama Foundation, National Audubon Society, Alabama Coastal Foundation, National Wildlife Federation and Gulf Restoration Network.
Birmingham Watch, January 22, 2018
Alabama’s solar policies are not likely to change without “significant advocacy by Alabama property owners who want to be able to modify their homes or businesses as they see fit,” said Conservation Alabama’s director of communications, Stefanie Christensen Francisco.
E&E News, January 11, 2018
"He's been pretty clear that he believes in science and climate change," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, the LCV state branch. "I don't really see him stepping back from that."
"When you're talking about environment and environmental protection in Alabama, you have to understand that it's an economic consideration," Herrington said. "Communities depend on these resources."
Bloomberg, December 13, 2017
The state’s voters “have chosen a senator that will stand up for our shared conservation values,” Conservation Alabama Executive Director Tammy Herrington said.
ThinkProgress, December 13, 2017
Stefanie Francisco, communications director for Conservation Alabama, said her group is hopeful that having a senator like Jones who prioritizes environmental and conservation issues will have a positive impact on the state. Alabama relies heavily on federal programs to take care of some of its basic environmental protections. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management receives grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which were threatened in Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget.
“Having an advocate like Doug Jones in the Senate is something we’re really hopeful can translate into some on-the-ground protections for the state,” Francisco said.
E&E News, December 13, 2017
"The people of Alabama have chosen a senator who will stand up for our shared conservation values," said Conservation Alabama Executive Director Tammy Herrington. "We look forward to working with Doug Jones to protect our state's lands and water and the people and communities that rely on them."
The Chicago Sun-Times, December 12, 2017
“The people of Alabama have chosen a senator who will stand up for our shared conservation values,” said Conservation Alabama Executive Director Tammy Herrington. “We look forward to working with Doug Jones to protect our state’s lands and water and the people and communities that rely on them.”
The Huffington Post, October 23, 2017
“For Moore, climate and the environment have always taken a backseat to issues like religious expression,” Tammy Monistere Herington, executive director of Conservation Alabama, told HuffPost.
This Is Alabama, October 16, 2017
“We give voters tools to be able to communicate with elected officials,” Herrington said. “We can break down the language of the bills and, through action alerts and emails, voters can press a button… and send their wishes to elected officials. Voters are taking action because of the work we’re doing.”
Red Green & Blue, October 13, 2017
“Our members have told us their top priorities are clean water and accessible public lands. It’s clear that Doug Jones shares these conservation values and will stand up for them in the U.S. Senate,” said Tammy Herrington, Executive Director of Conservation Alabama. “Jones will represent the best interest of Alabama’s natural resources and the communities that depend on them, including the beautiful Black Belt where hunting and fishing support almost 11,000 jobs.”
AL.com, October 12, 2017
"Our members have told us their top priorities are clean water and accessible public lands. It's clear that Doug Jones shares these conservation values and will stand up for them in the U.S. Senate," said Tammy Herrington, executive director of Conservation Alabama. "Jones will represent the best interest of Alabama's natural resources and the communities that depend on them, including the beautiful Black Belt where hunting and fishing support almost 11,000 jobs."
AL.com, September 21, 2017
Tammy Herrington, Executive Director, Conservation Alabama.
SEWELL, BELL, LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS, AND CONSERVATION ALABAMA VISIT BIRMINGHAM CIVIL RIGHTS MONUMENT
Alabama Political Reporter, August 14, 2017
The Executive Director of Conservation Alabama Tammy Herrington told the ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ (APR) that President Barack H. Obama (D) had declared the 16th Street Baptist Church, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and the AG Gaston Hotel a National Monument before he left office. However, President Donald J. Trump (R) has ordered a review of all the National Monuments established by Presidents since 1996.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.”
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."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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."