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Enviro-Mich message from LuAnne Kozma <luanne_kozma@yahoo.com>

March 21, 2006

Action Alert from Defense of Place

Michigan State Parkland at Risk

BILLS 971 and 972 and the substitute S-5 for SB 971.

Please call your state senator before 10 a.m.
tomorrow, WEDNESDAY MARCH 22 and urge him or her to
vote ?no? on Senate Bills 971 and 972 and the
Substitute 5 for 971. These bills will be voted on in
the Senate on March 22 at the session beginning at 10

(Find your State Senator by going to

You can also tell Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to not
support these bills:
Phone: (517) 373-3400; fax: (517) 335-6863

Senators? original intentions were to try to create a
public process and legislative oversight for proposals
to sell off parks. Instead, these two bills were
seriously compromised in a substitute version now
being voted on for SB 971:

The Substitute S-5 for SB 971 would:

--continue to treat our state park system as tradable,
saleable lands, not protected parks

--spell out a process for how parkland can be sold by
the Department of Natural Resources or by the
Legislature, depending on the size of the parkland

  --allow sales of large amounts of state parkland
without any public or legislative oversight (up to 100
acres or 15% of any state park, whichever is less)

--make the sale of larger amounts of parkland quite
simple for the administration?and difficult for
citizens to stop such sales?by allowing parkland sales
to occur in 60 days if the Legislature does not act to
stop the sale.

--fail to provide permanent protection for any parks
or parkland in perpetuity, including wilderness and
designated natural areas.

--easily facilitate the transfer of state parkland to
other public entities

Michigan citizens deserve permanent protection for our
state parks that guarantees that future generations
will be able to enjoy the parks as we have, not
complicated laws that contain formulas for how to sell
them. The original language of SB 971 was stronger
protection, while still falling short of offering any
kind of permanent protection.

Please urge your state senator to vote ?no? on SB 971
and 972 and the Substitute S-5 for 971.

For more information contact:

LuAnne Kozma   248-473-5761  LuAnne_Kozma@yahoo.com
Jason Kibbey  jkibbey@defenseofplace.org

Defense of Place

Defense of Place is the organization in the United
States devoted solely to assuring that parks, open
space, and wildlife refuges stay protected forever.


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