Don’t Destroy State Parks

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Target: Rick Scott, Florida State Governor

Goal: Stop hunting and other environmentally destructive practices from decimating Florida state parks.

Florida’s state parks may soon be destroyed by activities such as hunting, ranching and timber harvesting. We need to take action to better ensure that these pristine lands will remain protected.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson thinks people should be able to pay to hunt and ranchers should be allowed to lease land in all Florida state parks so that admission fees can be waived. He feels that logging and other destructive environmental activities should be allowed in parks as well. Ironically, Steverson claims that implementing such changes will ensure park staff has the money to preserve park land.

Contrarily, the parks were created in 1935 to protect certain treasured aspects of Florida’s environment and wildlife. While parks may not be required to offer activities such as hunting, allowing any of these things to take place on protected lands is the beginning of a slippery slope. Animal populations may quickly diminish and their surrounding environment will unequivocally be destroyed if this legislation passes.

Demand that no such destructive activities be allowed to take place in Florida state parks. These sacred grounds must be preserved for the sake of our children.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Governor Scott,

Activities such as hunting, cattle grazing and timber harvesting may soon destroy Florida’s state parks. It is important these lands maintain protections so that they will continue to be around for years to come.

Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection–Jon Steverson–feels that it is necessary to allow these activities in the parks in order to have park admission fees waived. While he claims that charging people money to utilize state parks for such purposes will ensure these lands remain preserved, allowing things to take place that are detrimental to the environment entirely defeats the purpose of conservation efforts.

As you know, Florida state parks were developed in the year 1935 in order to protect Florida’s unique environment and wildlife. It is absolutely absurd activities that would allow people to kill animals and destroy the environment may soon be allowed in these amazing and sacred places.

I therefore urge you to veto this bill if it comes across your desk. We need to preserve our parks today so that they will be around for our children tomorrow.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Timothy Wildey

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  1. must protect these state parks now for the future.

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