"Forever Wild" program renewal on ballot - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

"Forever Wild" program renewal on ballot

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama voters will decide whether to approve an amendment that would renew the Forever Wild program for another 20 years.  The program authorizes the state to use proceeds from oil and gas revenues in the Alabama Trust Fund to buy lands for public use.

More than 220,000 acres have been secured since the amendment was approved in 1992, and supporters said that has led to lasting benefits for the state.

"An example is the Master National Field Trials, which ended (Sunday) in on Forever Wild land in Hale County," said Tim Gothard, Executive Director of the Alabama Wildlife Federation.  "For 10 days, close to a thousand people were in that area and the economic impact of that event was between $6 and $8 million."

Opponents of the amendment have launched a grass-roots effort to encourage voters to vote no. They believe the money would be better used elsewhere, and that government should not be in the business of recreation.

"The government should be shedding itself of some of the resources in the economic downturn, rather than expanding their holdings," said Frank Dillman, operator of www.notforeverwild.org.

If the amendment is voted down, the funds used for the Forever Wild program would go back to the Trust Fund.  It would not be able to be used for the General Fund unless another constitutional amendment is passed. 

For more information on the program, you can visit www.alabamaforeverwild.com.  

Copyright 2012  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV, dies at 97

    Nanette Fabray, star of stage, screen and TV, dies at 97

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:05 PM EST2018-02-24 01:05:10 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 10:06 PM EST2018-02-24 03:06:17 GMT
    Nanette Fabray, seen here performing in the Irving Berlin musical “Mr. President” in 1962, had a long career as an actress, singer and dancer. She died on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the age of 97. (Source: Associated Press)Nanette Fabray, seen here performing in the Irving Berlin musical “Mr. President” in 1962, had a long career as an actress, singer and dancer. She died on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the age of 97. (Source: Associated Press)

    Nanette Fabray, the vivacious, award-winning star of Broadway musicals, films and TV shows, has died at age 97.

    More >>

    Nanette Fabray, the vivacious, award-winning star of Broadway musicals, films and TV shows, has died at age 97.

    More >>
  • Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

    Report: FBI probe docs list range of payments to top players

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:37 AM EST2018-02-23 15:37:22 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:15 PM EST2018-02-24 04:15:26 GMT
    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives. (Source: NCAA)Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives. (Source: NCAA)

    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to...

    More >>

    Bank records and other expense reports that are part of a federal probe into college basketball list a wide range of impermissible payments from agents to at least two dozen players or their relatives, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.

    More >>
  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 11:06 PM EST2018-02-24 04:06:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly