Montgomery, Ala. – Today, Senator Clay Scofield (R-Arab) announced that Forever Wild has agreed to hold discussions with him in an effort to help prevent the potential closure of any state parks operated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Because of the working agreement with Forever Wild, Senator Scofield is recommending to the House of Representatives that no legislative action be taken on Senate Bill 38, which passed the Senate by a 32-1 vote.
“I am happy to have reached a verbal agreement with officials at Forever Wild, that they will work with me in examining ways they can aid and assist the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,” Scofield said. “This is the optimal solution that I have wanted all along, and it has the potential to keep our state parks open and accessible to all of the people of Alabama.”
In 2012, the voters of Alabama approved a constitutional amendment appropriating up to $15 million a year to Forever Wild from the oil and gas trust fund. Forever Wild’s mandate is to “expand the number of public natural areas to ensure present and future generations can enjoy them.”
“Conservation is important to the people of Alabama – Forever Wild is a terrific program and so are our state parks,” Scofield remarked. “There is no reason why we can’t have both. I believe the people of Alabama expect these two entities to work together in preserving public lands for all Alabamians to enjoy. I appreciate my Senate colleagues recognizing and working towards that goal.”
Senator Clay Scofield represents District 9 in the Alabama Senate, which is comprised of all or parts of Marshall, Madison, Blount, and DeKalb counties.