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April 6th, 2009 by flanews

The states land purchasing program Florida Forever could be scaled back by lawmakers looking for ways to fill a 3 billion dollar budget gap. A poll released today claims 67 percent of Floridians want lawmakers to leave the program alone. The poll was conducted by the Trust for Public Land and the Florida Forever Coalition. Jim Karels Director of the Division of Forestry said the land buying program will benefit Floridians for generation to come.

I feel that our grandchildren and their grandchildren are going to come back, theyre going to look at this program and they are going to say in an urban state in 20 and 30 and 50 years from now, the Florida Legislature, the citizens of Florida they were really farsighted they looked out and they said this is the way we preserve a beautiful state, said Karels.

Since 2006, the state has purchased more than half a million acres through the Florida Forever program.

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