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Forever Wild Amendment will be on November ballot

A "yes" vote for Amendment One on November 6th would allow the program to continue to grow. A "yes" vote for Amendment One on November 6th would allow the program to continue to grow.
LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

There are at least 10 statewide amendments on the ballot this November.

Amendment one, the so-called Forever Wild Amendment, would renew Alabama's wildlife preservation program for another 20 years.

However, the seemingly innocent amendment is facing some opposition.

Ernest Haygood said if voters decide to pull funds from Forever Wild, he fears public land used for hiking and hunting will soon start to dwindle.

Shoals Creek Preserve in Lauderdale County is part of the 227,000 acres of land in Alabama designated for public use.

According to their website, Forever Wild doesn't use tax payer money. Instead, it uses 10 percent of the interest earned off the state's trust fund.

A "yes" vote on November 6th would allow the program to continue to grow.

A "no" vote would in turn stop the growth of public lands.

Some people, including State Senator Shadrack McGill, are on record saying they feel the money could be used in better ways.

Others like Haygood say Forever Wild is important.

Haygood said it has allowed everyone to get a feel for the great outdoors.  He hopes voters will feel the need to protect it as well.

"It's open to hunting and trapping, horseback riding, just sightseeing of all. It's just a good place to be. A lot of land they buy is something like the Shoals Creek Preserve, which is a real pristine beautiful place," he said.

According to the group's website, Alabama's public conservation land makes up less than four percent of the state's total land area, which is well below the 12 percent state average across the southeast.

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