Land, water protection favored by both GOP, Democrats in NC

Apparently protection for forests, parks, family farms land and clean water trumps all when it comes to taking political sides.

This is according to a poll released April 4, 2017 that shows residents from all political parties across North Carolina support land and water conservation.

Seventy-three percent of the 600 registered voters polled said they would support funding at the $100 million level for the state’s three publicly funded conservation trust funds.

The three trust funds are the Clean Water Management, Parks and Recreation, and the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation trust funds.

“Land and water conservation is one place where Republicans and Democrats – rural, urban, and suburban – can agree. It provides major economic and health benefits as well as protecting North Carolina’s unique natural heritage,” House Appropriations Chairman Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, said in a statement.

The majority of those polled said they support restoring funding to the pre-recession level of $100 million for the state’s three conservation trust funds to conserve forests, working farms, parks and historic sites, as well as preventing polluted runoff from contaminating rivers, lakes, creeks and groundwater.

The poll showed that 62 percent of Republicans, 73 percent of Independents and 83 percent of Democrats were in favor of the funding. Eighty-six percent of those polled in Western North Carolina supported the funding.



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