Since 84 percent of Alabama voters supported an amendment to establish the Forever Wild program in 1992, the state has purchased and protected 227,000 acres of sensitive and scenic property.
With the original funding authorization set to expire, The Daily recommends a "yes" vote Nov. 6 to extend the program through 2032.
This popular program, funded from a portion of the state's gas-drilling revenues, has been a resounding success with no scandal and little organized opposition.
Even after 20 years of Forever Wild funding, Alabama has the lowest percentage of public land of any Southeastern state.
Any Doubting Thomas out there should visit a Forever Wild location in north Alabama this fall for confirmation of its importance to hunters, hikers, kayakers, horseback riders, birdwatchers and others who appreciate the state's natural beauty.
The tracts within an easy drive of the Decatur area include the breathtaking Walls of Jericho in Jackson County, the Certain Nature Preserve and Recreation Area in Madison County and about 400 acres abutting Monte Sano State Park at Huntsville.
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