Protect our Parks.... Contact Your State Senator Today!
Write or call your state senator to protect public lands.
Act today to Protect the Blue Hills
This legislation has been making incremental progress in the state legislature for several years and TOMORROW, this Thursday, April 14, the state Senate is scheduled to vote on it.
Please contact your state Senator and urge him or her to vote for this bill, with Senator Eldridge’s amendment (amendment number 1).
Take Action: Email or Call Your State Senator
See below for a sample email and links to find your legislators.
Any land taken must be replaced by land of comparable acreage, location, and market and natural resource value, (which would help protect the total acreage of parkland)
Evidence that a feasible alternative to destroying parkland is not available.
Notification of the public and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs prior to filing legislation petitioning a change in the use or disposition of public land. This would allow municipalities the chance to confirm if replacement land is deemed suitable by EEA and the public prior to moving forward with the land disposition process.
Enforceable regulations to implement the law.
Land in the Blue Hills was Approved to be Transferred to Private Ownership
Protect Public Lands
top of page: Dan Rign
Above, left to right: Robbie McConnell, Dorchester; Michell Kelly, Milton; and Christine Paxhia, Milton
Below: Jessica Mabbutt, San Diego
Dear Senator ____________________:
I am writing to urge you to vote in favor of Senator Eldridge’s Amendment I to “An Act Preserving Open Space in the Commonwealth” (S.2820) and then vote in favor of the amended bill.
This bill would provide needed protection for our public parks, forests, and other public lands by codifying current state policy and would:
- Help to ensure no net loss of lands or easements protected under Article 97
- Require an analysis of alternatives to the changes in the use of public land that are proposed
- Increase transparency by requiring prior notification to the public and the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
This legislation is important to me because…
TELL THEM THE REASONS YOU CARE ABOUT OUR PUBLIC PARKS LIKE THE BLUE HILLS. LEGISLATORS, LIKE MOST OF US, RESPOND MORE TO SPECIFICS THAN GENERALITIES. Sample reasons:
- Let them know that you are a member of the Friends of the Blue Hills.
- Tell them why you care about the Blue Hills Reservation and/or how often you visit.
- Let them know that the current Article 97 disposition process is unclear and can be inefficient. The bill would make the process more efficient, saving towns money.
- Let them know you are concerned about water supplies; the Blue Hills and a lot of public natural resource land help protect the watershed.
- And please cc us (info@FriendsoftheBlueHills.org) when you email, so we know you’ve taken action!
Please let me know if you you voting for this important legislation. Thank you for your attention to this issue.
Contacted Sen Paul Feeney’s office, they seemed very receptive to the legislation and thought it would pass and be on the governor’s desk soon.
Thank you so much for calling him… and for the most excellent news!