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E-M:/ Roll out of State Park Funding legislation, Thursday March 12 at 10:30 AM



------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from Christopher Graham ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hi, Enviro-Mich readers --

The introduction of the State Parks funding bill meeting place has been changed for tomorrow.  It will not be in the Capitol.

The meeting will be across the street in the Senate Office Building (Boji Towers), 124 West Allegan, in the Senate Hearing Room on the Ground Floor, beginning at 10:30 AM.

Please come lend your support!

Chris.


Hi, Enviro-Mich readers --

I forward this event notice to you in case some of you can attend the introduction of the State Parks funding bill at the Capitol, next Thursday.

As many of you know, our State Parks are in very much trouble, for lack of funding.

Not long ago these programs received 75% of their funding from the State's General Fund.  For the last half a decade or more, that support has been exactly $0.  All reserve funds have been spent.  All long term capital funds are diverted to operations.  Down-sizing and restructuring has already occurred.  We simply will be closing many State Parks soon, if something does not change.

The State Parks advisory committee has worked steadily for several years to find a way to provide adequate funding for Michigan's State Parks, Recreation Areas, State Forest campgrounds.  The proposals being incorporated into the bill are fully indicated in the document at this link:  http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/12-2008-01_MI_State_Park_Vehicle_Plate_Proposal_Resolution_260648_7.pdf

One other state has taken this approach, with success:  Montana.

Your show of strong support would be most helpful and appreciated!  The lights do look green for this bill, so far.

Chris.


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Chris - I hope you can make it. Please feel free to invite others of like mind. We need to make a good showing and be ready to give the media a positive story in these difficult times. Thanks,
 
Dr. Chuck Nelson
Dept. Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies
131 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-0272
 
From: Christopher Graham [ mailto:grahamz@umich.edu]
Sent: Friday, March 06, 2009 7:21 PM
To: Charles Nelson
Subject: Re: Roll out of License Plate proposal legislation at the Capitol on Thursday March 12 at 10:30 AM
 

Hi, Chuck --

I will do my best to be there!

Thank you for all your work on this!

Chris

Christopher Graham, ASLA
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From: "Charles Nelson"
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2009 18:51:22 -0500
To: <betsyclark@cablespeed.com>; <tgferguson@charter.net>; Jim Bradley<youper@charter.net>; <mpitcher@chartermi.net>; Mike Foote<footemr@comcast.net>; <macmeridian@comcast.net>; <wildernessbob@comcast.net>; Murdock Jemerson<mjemerso@lansingmi.gov>; Marne Smiley<execdir@mmba.org>; Charles Nelson<nelsonc@msu.edu>; April Bennett<abennett@mucc.org>; <BRose@naturecenter.org>; Jim Hendricks<jhendricks@sault.com>; <tscott@spamcop.net>; <grahamz@umich.edu>; Hurley Coleman<hurleycoleman@yahoo.com>
Subject: Roll out of License Plate proposal legislation at the Capitol on Thursday March 12 at 10:30 AM
Folks ? Your presence is critical at the roll out of the legislation designed to implement the CCMSP?s proposal to provide long-term stable fund for the Michigan State Park system, the Michigan forest recreation system and to double the amount of development grant dollars annually available to local units of government for parks and recreation! Please let me know before next Monday (3/9) at 2PM whether you will be able to be in Rooms 402-3 of the State Capitol for the roll out to show your support and encourage our legislative sponsors including Sen. Patty Birkholz. This will be a major press event with considerable media and the opportunity to tell the positive story of MI State Parks and clearly express the benefits of eliminating state park and state boating access MVPs for Michigan registered vehicles and while providing a convenient way to support state parks, state forest recreation and local park development and renovation.  We have waited for this opportunity to move forward to make a lasting difference for state parks. I look forward to hearing from all of you and seeing as many of you as possible next Thursday.
 
Dr. Chuck Nelson
Dept. Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies
131 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 432-0272
 

Christopher L. Graham, ASLA
(734) 975-7800 (O)
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