Friday, October 31, 2008

Fund will protect valley

The smell of leaves underfoot, the sound of the Big Wood, the view of the peaks rising from our valley.  

This is what we work each day to protect.

We are fortunate to have all these natural wonders intact and thriving just out our back doors. It truly is paradise. But, as the valley inevitably grows, so does the pressure on these natural resources. As a community, we need to remain vigilant to ensure that the most sensitive lands and waters that make this county so wonderful remain healthy. The temporary, two-year Land, Water and Wildlife Levy will raise $3.4 million to help secure these valuable community assets.

The Land, Water and Wildlife Fund will be used to preserve water quality, protect rivers, streams and their surrounding lands, and preserve agricultural land. Priority areas for funding include the Big Wood River corridor, the Little Wood corridor north of the reservoir and the area in the Bellevue Triangle.

The LAB will also help identify projects that qualify for funding. From restoration and conservation easements to supporting the county's transfer-of-development-rights program, chosen projects will work to protect our clean water, wildlife and working farms and ranches.

Protecting paradise will never be easy. It will take countywide collaboration and support. By voting yes on Prop 1 you can join us in protecting and enhancing existing natural resources, conserving fish and wildlife habitat, protecting water quality, and preserving working farms and ranches in Blaine County.

Scott Boettger, Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, Laura Hubbard, Rick Johnson

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