PHOTO: Friends of CT State Parks Day at the Capitol

March 10, 2016

Hartford – Senator Kevin Witkos (R-Canton) stands with environmental advocates and fellow legislators calling for greater protections for public conservation lands. Sen. Witkos proposed legislation this year that would establish a constitutional amendment to make it tougher for the state to sell preserved public land for development, and ensure that any sales that do occur fund future conservation in the state. Sen. Witkos spoke about his proposal at Friends of CT State Parks Day at the state Capitol on Wednesday March 9. (Left to right: Sen. Mae Flexer, Sen. Kevin Witkos, Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr., Sen. Art Linares, Rep. Roberta Willis, Rep. Joe Gresko).

“I firmly believe that our state has an obligation to protect conservation land not only in the short term, but also for future generations. A constitutional amendment is the only permanent way to extend protections out for generations,” said Witkos. “Our state is beautiful. Our parks and forests are some of the most beautiful places in the country. But we are of course always at risk for our national resources disappearing and, in a small state with many budget challenges, we have to make sure these lands are protected with greater strength and certainty.”

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