Forever Wild was established in 1992 with an amendment to the Alabama Constitution. Peck wrote that the program has acquired and protected 200,000 acres of land since then, including a 35,000-acre tract of wetlands in the Mobile delta and the 21,000-acre Walls of Jericho Preserve.
Despite the program’s successes, Peck says the state and other interests are eyeing the Alabama Trust Fund and Forever Wild’s funding. The $3 billion trust fund has already been used to fill holes in the state’s education budget, and some are looking to use the fund for a $1 billion highway improvement plan.
“Forever Wild can't continue if its resources are gutted for other purposes,” Peck wrote. “The Alabama Trust Fund should be absolutely the last resort if raiding it would jeopardize this vital public land program.
If you’d like Forever Wild to continue its mission, start writing your representatives and senators now. It’s never too early to bring attention to something like this.