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ACTION ALERT–ACTION URGENTLY NEEDED!

Encourage our Tennessee legislators to support the budget amendment for Forever Green Tennessee

We have a unique opportunity to ask our Tennessee legislators to support the $35 million budget amendment for Forever Green Tennessee. This money would come from a budget surplus in the General Fund and the amendment has the support of several leadership level sponsors within the state legislature. Sen. McNally commented at a recent League of Women Voters breakfast that with the high leadership levels of sponsors (Rep. McDaniel, Deputy Speaker of the House; Rep. Sargent, Chairman of House Finance; Rep. McCormick, House Finance Budget Subcommittee Chairman; and Senator Bill Ketron, the Republican Caucus Chairman) the amendment has a very good chance.

The TCWP executive director, Sandra Goss, is optimistic that we (conservation, environment, farming, historic preservation communities) might actually wrest a few million from this year’s budget surplus.  We NEED to wrest a few million from the budget, simply to mitigate for a several year trend of decreasing environmental/conservation expenditures.

We ALL must push!!  Please, if you haven’t sent your e-mails, please do that now!  We’ve got a chance and need to capitalize on it.

DETAILS:

Please write the Governor!
Governor Haslam could include this $35 million in his amended budget anticipated for an April 4 publication.  We must ask!
Sample email:
Dear Honorable Governor Bill Haslam:
Please include the budget amendment to Forever Green Tennessee.  From the General Fund, we ask that you transfer $35 million to TDEC’s Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund with $25 million for designated for Water Conservation, $5 million for Farmland Protection and $5 million for Civil War Battlefields and Historic Preservation.  Protecting forests along our rivers and streams is THE most important action we could take to protect our water.
Then add a personal note about why you care.
Here is the Governor’s email address:
Bill.haslam@tn.gov

Please contact the Finance, Ways and Means Committee members.
Budget amendments are reviewed by Senate and House Finance Committee Members.  Please urge them to support this.
Sample email:
Please support the $35 million budget amendment to Forever Green Tennessee. With $25 million for Water Conservation, $5 million for Farmland Protection and $5 million for Civil War Battlefields and Historic Preservation.  Protecting forests along our rivers and streams is THE most important action we could take to protect our water.
Then add a personal note about why you care.
Here are their email addresses: (you can copy and paste the whole list into your email To: box)
sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov
sen.john.stevens@capitol.tn.gov
sen.doug.overbey@capitol.tn.gov
sen.todd.gardenhire@capitol.tn.gov
sen.ferrell.haile@capitol.tn.gov
sen.thelma.harper@capitol.tn.gov
sen.joey.hensley@capitol.tn.gov
sen.bill.ketron@capitol.tn.gov
sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov
sen.steven.dickerson@capitol.tn.gov
sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov
rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov
rep.kevin.brooks@capitol.tn.gov
rep.karen.camper@capitol.tn.gov
rep.jim.coley@capitol.tn.gov
rep.craig.fitzhugh@capitol.tn.gov
rep.david.hawk@capitol.tn.gov
rep.patsy.hazlewood@capitol.tn.gov
rep.gary.hicks@capitol.tn.gov
rep.harold.love@capitol.tn.gov
rep.steve.mcdaniel@capitol.tn.gov
rep.charles.sargent@capitol.tn.gov
rep.ryan.williams@capitol.tn.gov
rep.tim.wirgau@capitol.tn.gov
rep.mike.carter@capitol.tn.gov
rep.john.crawford@capitol.tn.gov
rep.john.deberry@capitol.tn.gov
rep.brenda.gilmore@capitol.tn.gov
rep.matthew.hill@capitol.tn.gov
rep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov
rep.susan.lynn@capitol.tn.gov
rep.larry.miller@capitol.tn.gov
rep.art.swann@capitol.tn.gov

Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues. Ask them to help.

Our combined advocacy could make THE difference for the rare life and abundant water we enjoy in Tennessee, and for our treasured historic places and our diminishing farmland.  It could save our natural world for future generations, for wildlife and for our economy.  Please help.

Our Big South Fork NRRA in danger

Of the numerous environmental regulations the current Congress is intent on tearing up is one sorely needed to protect our Big South Fork NRRA.  This regulation is a revision to the almost 40-year old 9B rule about oil & gas drilling in National Parks.  Without this revision, roughly 60% of all oil & gas operations in the National Park System could operate without permits or oversight; funding for reclamation would not be assured; etc.

A Congressional Joint Resolution, HJR 46, could quickly undo this sorely needed revision that took years of careful deliberation to develop.  The BSF is uniquely affected because, among the hundreds of units of the National Park System, it is at the top in number of sites (152 active ones) where subsurface mineral rights are owned by private companies.  Do not allow our beautiful Park to be destroyed by HJR 46!  A special horror of the Act that would allow 9B revisions to be torn up is that, once the regulation is repealed, federal agencies may NEVER pass another one that is “substantially similar.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Without delay, contact your Representative* and Senators Alexander and Corker (contact info below) and urge them strongly to oppose House Joint Resolution 46 (Gosar, AZ-R), which threatens one of Tennessee’s beautiful national parks.  Identify yourself as a Tennessean and a lover of the BSFNRRA.  Our beautiful park, which so benefits the local economy, must be protected!  Our citizens, and the park staff, have worked for years to develop the fair and protective revisions of 9B regulations; do not tear them up!

*[If you live in Tennessee’s 6th district, it is especially important you contact Rep. Diane Black (202-225-4231), who is a sponsor of HJR 46.]

Senators e-mail: http://lastname.senate.gov/public/

Phone: Alexander 202-224-4944; Corker, 202-224-3344

Congressmen’s e-mail https://lastname.house.gov/contact-me

Phone:  call switchboard 202-224-3121 and ask for name

 


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Special Projects

TCWP has many other opportunities to volunteer for short-term project (e.g.. preparing mailings, work a shift at the TCWP booth during festivals, work on a comment generation campaign)

Email Executive Director, Sandra Goss


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