The state of Georgia is blessed with tremendous natural beauty, from Tallulah Gorge to St. Simons Island. Protecting these valuable lands for future generations is incredibly important. Land conservation has successfully preserved millions of acres of open space across the country, and it continues to benefit all Americans. Fortunately, Georgians can aid in these efforts by voting Yes on Amendment 1 on November 6th.
Amendment 1, also known as the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act (GOSA), aims to protect “the state’s lands, water and wildlife.” The Amendment will not raise or create any new taxes or fees, instead dedicating up to 80 percent of the existing sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to conservation.
Partnership for Conservation (P4C) strongly supports Amendment 1 and encourages Georgia voters to vote YES and help pass this landmark piece of conservation legislation.
What will passing Amendment 1 do for Georgia and the region?
The time to pass GOSA is now. The southeastern United States continues to grow rapidly, meaning it is more important than ever to act to protect our finite natural resources for future generations. And in Georgia, the sustained loss of coastline, forestry and farmland could put our quality of life and our state economy at risk. Any investment in our land and water resources is an important investment in our and our children’s futures.
If passed, GOSA will generate nearly $20 million dollars to be spent on conservation. The funds could be used for a variety of purposes, from “protecting lands critical to clean drinking water, acquiring and improving parks and trails, and maintaining and improving access to wildlife management areas.” Moreover, the money could be used by state, city or municipal governments to establish conservation easements to permanently preserve lands. This investment will benefit Georgians and contribute to the economy, including our $27 billion outdoor recreation industry.
Notably, GOSA’s worthwhile efforts will not cost taxpayers a dime since it will rely the reallocation of existing taxpayer dollars already collected on outdoor sporting equipment. By creating a dedicated conservation funding source like GOSA, Georgia will invest in the future of our children.
GOSA is good for Georgia. It will lead to countless statewide opportunities for hikers and hunters and everyone in between to better enjoy the outdoors. It will also spur statewide economic growth. P4C is proud to endorse this legislation and encourages all Georgians to vote in support of Amendment 1.