Big wins for land measures

ONE of the big winners in elections around the country earlier this month was a candidate with an impeccably clean record: Voters approved measures that will earmark roughly $1.2 billion in funds for the preservation of parks and open space.

According to the Trust for Public Land, 64 of 77 measures nationwide were approved, from $214 million for Bergen County, N.J., to $170 million for Arapahoe County, Colo.

"Even as the federal government and states suffer from budget deficits, American voters continue to demonstrate that they are willing to pay to protect the places that are special to them," said TPL President Will Rogers. Earlier this year, voters approved 35 ballot measures that raised $579 million for conservation-related purposes.

-- J. Michael Kennedy

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