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Old 11-18-2019, 08:57 PM   #1
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Write to the Governor

Does anyone remember letters? Or a time when you thought writing one might make a difference? Well if you still think so, the governor should get one from you before his next budget is announced.

Someone posted a sample letter to a local ski club I belong to suggesting that money from forest product sales go directly to supporting the forests they come from rather than into the Special Revenue Account. The governor is making quite a bit of noise when it comes to problems in our state forests, particularly in the high peaks, and this might be a good way to remind him that money already exists to address some of the issues. The state forest many in our area depend on for the best skiing around, with the most reliable snow, has trails that are heavily maintained by volunteer efforts, and in the past few years, also heavily impacted by timber sales.

A paragraph from the sample letter posted to the ski club:
In the meantime, forest product sales from our state forests continue. Over the past three years, these sales have generated $8,903,662 (April 2016-March 2017) $9,459,842 (April 2017-March 2018) and $7,707,887 (April 2018-March 2019) All of these funds have been swept into the state’s Special Revenue Account, and none have been returned for repairs and maintenance within the forests from which the funds were generated.

One response to the sample letter pointed out that state forests and WMA have different ways of accessing the revenues from sales so "none" might not be entirely accurate, but there's little doubt that not enough of it gets back to the local DEC offices or put into the forests where it was generated.

More information pertaining to this topic:
A bill (S.4416B/A.5035B) to create New York’s first multi-use trails plan has been sent to Governor Cuomo for his approval. This is your chance to let the Governor know how important trails are to you. All you have to do is contact the Governor and urge him to sign the bill so that New York can have the best multi-use trails network in the nation.

Here is a link to use if submitting electronically:
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