Mountain Bikers are Conservationists. We absolutely must support funding for public land and conservation for shared use trails and our sport. We have a tremendous opportunity to do just that on November 6th.
The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment is on the ballot on November 6 as Amendment One.
This Fall Georgians have a historic opportunity to dedicate funding for conservation and outdoor recreation, and it can be done without a tax increase. Georgia’s economy and quality of life are directly tied to both the water quality of our rivers, lakes and streams and the availability and beauty of our outdoor spaces, wildlife habitats and parks.
Amendment One will allow a portion of the existing sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to the protection of the state’s land, water and wildlife with no new taxes or fees. Over $20 million would be dedicated every year for the next ten years. This funding could not be used for any other purpose and would be subject to strict accountability provisions and public disclosure.
If passed, this funding would: Protect lands critical to clean drinking water and the quality of Georgia’s lakes, rivers and streams. Acquire and improve parks and trails for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy in communities throughout the state. Maintain and improve access to wildlife management areas and create new opportunities for hunting and fishing. Support Georgia’s $28.3 billion outdoor recreation industry.
The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment is supported by a coalition of leading conservation organizations including: The Conservation Fund, Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Park Pride, The Trust for Public Land as well as MTB Atlanta and the Southern Off Road Bicycling Association.
Mountain Bikers are some of the most active stewards of recreational trails on public lands in the state of Georgia, and our work benefits others beyond our sport such as hikers, runners, and equestrians. We urge you to do your part as a steward of public lands and trails by voting YES on Amendment One.