The effort to reform our State Trust Land system is well underway. The initiative is attempting to change the state constitution regarding State Trust lands. Currently, those lands must be utilized in order to “maximize revenue.”
In these times of rapid growth in the state, that often means selling the lands to the highest bidder at public auction. The initiative, if passed, will conserve over 600,000 acres of the nearly 9 million state trust lands.
Voters will have a chance to vote on the initiative, but first it needs to make it to the ballot in November 2006. In order to get on the ballot, the initiative must receive citizen support in the form of registered voter signatures. So far, the Citizens’ Initiative has collected 100,000 signatures. The goal is 200,000 by July 6, 2006. If you are interested in having a presentation to your neighborhood association, club, or service organization about the initiative or in circulating a petition contact Diana Rhoades at The Sonoran Institute
, 520-290-0828 or Michelle Berry at
You may also refer to the Conserving Arizona’s Future website for more information: www.conservingarizonasfuture.com