Sustainable Ranges Initiative

Colorado

Colorado

Conservation Efforts
  • The Colorado Division of Wildlife is preparing its Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy plan.
Great Outdoors Colorado
  • Great Outdoors Colorado has made grants totaling more than $288 million for 1,700 projects since 1994. These funds are used for protecting open space, land protection projects, outdoor recreation and wildlife projects. Funding is provided through the Great Outdoors Colorado Constitutional Amendment that voters approved in 2 which appropriates lottery proceeds.

Delaware

Delaware

Conservation Efforts

The Delaware Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund was established in 1988 to "provide permanent and steady funding for parkland and park facilities statewide." The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Division of Parks and Recreation administers the $1.5 million in Trust income that is awarded annually in grants. Half of the grant money is available for park acquisition and development projects and the remaining amount is to support new and existing greenway and trail projects.

Maine

Maine

ME - Conservation Efforts

Conservation Efforts

  • The "Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund conserves wildlife and open spaces through the sale of instant Lottery tickets." This fund represents approximately $1.5 million which is used for fishery, endangered species, land acquisition and law enforcement grants.
  • In 1987 and 1999, voters approved $35 and $50 million in bonds to support the Land for Maine's Future Program. This program mission is to conserve land that has "exceptional natural or recreational value." The program requires a matching fund and therefore is able to leverage their funds. To date, more than 139,000 aces have been acquired along with an additional 53,500 acres "protected through conservations easements.
Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
Maine.gov
Land for Maine's Future

Nevada

Nevada

NV - Conservation and Resource Protection

Conservation and Resource Protection
In 2002, voters approved ballot question #1 (AB 9, 2002) which authorized up to $200 million in general obligation bonds to be used by state agencies and local jurisdictions to "protect, preserve, and obtain the benefits of the property and natural resources" of Nevada

New Jersey

New Jersey

Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Conservation

In 1998, voters approved Public Question No. 1 which dedicated $98 million each fiscal year for ten years for the "acquisition and development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for the preservation of farmland for agricultural or horticultural use and production, and for historic preservation." In 1999, the Legislature adopted S9, the enabling legislation.

NEW JERSEY OPEN SPACE INITIATIVE
Green Acres Program
SENATE, No. 2752

New York

New York

Conservation Efforts
  • The Division of Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources is working on their Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Plan.
  • In 1993, the New York State Environmental Protected Fund was established to provide "mechanisms for open space conservation and land acquisition." This is funded from a portion of revenue from the New York State Bluebird License Plate.

North Carolina

North Carolina

NC - North Carolina Conservation Efforts

North Carolina Conservation Efforts

  • North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources provides information on the state's Conservation Tax Credit Program which is to "assist land-owners to protect the environment and the quality of life."
  • The Conservation Trust for North Carolina was created in 1991 and is "the only statewide land trust working with communities, landowners, land trusts, and other conservation organizations to protect North Carolina's natural and cultural resources."
  • In 2002, The North Carolina Department of Transportation acquired 2,500 acres of land that borders Ft. Bragg and establishes "a preserve for the federally-endangered red-cockaded woodpecker." This land will be turned over to The Nature Conservancy for "long-term management, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service."
  • Efforts are underway to develop North Carolina's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Plan.
The Conservation Trust for North Carolina
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Rhode Island

Rhode Island

RI - Comprehensive Efforts

Comprehensive Efforts

  • Rhode Island's Division of Fish and Wildlife is preparing the state's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Plan.
  • In 2000, voters approved $23.5 million for open space acquisition. This measure was referred by the legislature through Article 5 of H 7862 (Chapter 55, 2000).

Wisconsin

Wisconsin

WI - Conservation Efforts

Conservation Efforts

  • The Divisions of Land, Forestry, Water, and Enforcement and Science are preparing the state's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy Plan.
  • In 1989, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund was established by the Legislature. On an annual basis, the program has authority to spend $60 million, funded with general obligation bonds. To date, more than 250,000 acres have been protected. The program's stewardship has five major components:
    • Land and easement acquisition for both conservation and recreation,
    • Local assistance grants that support "nature-based outdoor recreation,"
    • Property development on state lands,
    • Conservation of Baraboo Hills and
    • Acquisition of blufflands along the Great Lakes.