Environmentalists warn of dire consequences of ‘Taxpayers First’ Provision

Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center Wetland in Linn County. Photo by G-Mans Shadow, Flickr

A little-discussed provision in Taxpayers First Act would adversely affect the environment and state revenue gained from recreation, warn state environmental advocates.

The provision of the omnibus spending bill, which passed in the House of Representatives, forbids the Department of Natural Resources to buy, rent or control additional land, except donated properties. Currently, the DNR buys land from willing sellers, who typically want the department to set aside lands from flood mitigation or recreation, according to a DNR document. Continue reading