By David Palmer
The Cullman Times
State Amendment 1 provides Alabamians with an opportunity to reauthorize the Forever Wild Land Trust for another 20 years.
The program is funded through a 10 percent investment income of the Alabama Trust Fund and secures land for preservation. Forever Wild also makes the land accessible to the public for hunting and fishing.
Forever Wild’s initial success years ago, said state Sen. Paul Bussman, was to preserve endangered wetlands around Mobile and Baldwin County. Since that time the program has preserved thousands of acres of land and provided public access to nature areas for families who enjoy the outdoors.
“I’m for the amendment,” said Rep. Jeremy Oden, R-Vinemont. “It has preserved valuable lands and given a lot of access to those areas for the public.”
Bussman also said the land preserved through Forever Wild is important for those who live in cities and towns who would otherwise have limited or no access to nature areas for hiking, hunting and fishing.
“It’s been a well-managed program that a lot of Alabamians have enjoyed,” Bussman said. “It uses only a portion of the oil and gas money and gives plenty of access to land for families across the state.”