By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Conservation leaders in Alabama have
urged the Legislature to continue the Forever Wild program that in
18 years has preserved about 200,000 acres of wilderness in the

But the politically powerful Alabama Farmers Federation is
looking for a change in the state program.

Forever Wild uses money from oil and gas revenues to purchase
private land. It will expire during the 2012-2013 fiscal year
unless the Legislature votes to continue it.

Conservation Commissioner Barnett Lawley joined tourism, hunting
and fishing group officials and other outdoor enthusiasts at a
Statehouse news conference Monday to push for renewal of Forever
Wild for another 20 years.

But ALFA spokesman Jeff Helms said legislators should look at
spending some of the money on other efforts to preserve land - such
as soil and water conservation.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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