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Reader Opinion: Preserve outdoor opportunities

Over a decade ago, I traveled to St. Paul to join the Duck Rally, where hunters, anglers, and others who love the outdoors gathered to let the Legislature know we wanted more funding for wildlife habitat, public recreation, and clean water projects.

Over a decade ago, I traveled to St. Paul to join the Duck Rally, where hunters, anglers, and others who love the outdoors gathered to let the Legislature know we wanted more funding for wildlife habitat, public recreation, and clean water projects. Our motto was, Ducks, Wetlands and Clean Water. Out of the Duck Rally grew the Legacy Amendment. In 2008, I voted in favor of the Amendment.

I voted for it because I value public lands and waters, and I wanted to make sure my kids and grandkids had an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in the same ways I have. But it appears the current Legislature does not see things the same way. A series of bills are currently being debated that would drastically change how the state views public lands for hunting, fishing, hiking and birdwatching. Rather than seek to use the proceeds from the tax to expand opportunities for Minnesotans, the Legislature is looking for ways to stop progress and divert the funds for other projects. Several bills would either prevent, or make it impossible for the state to acquire additional public spaces for Minnesotans to enjoy.

We did not vote, in the midst of a recession, to increase our own taxes just so the state could maintain the status quo. We voted to expand opportunities for all. Our legislators, especially our Republican legislators, need to hear from us that the values that brought the Legacy Amendment into being have not changed, and that we demand that they stop trying to strip it of its ability to preserve and expand outdoor opportunities for all Minnesotans. Please join me and the 46,000 DU members in Minnesota in contacting your legislator about this attack on the Legacy Amendment.

Brian Ross

Baxter

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State Council Chair, Minnesota Ducks Unlimited

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