Over its long history, the League of Women Voters has believed that the protection and management of natural resources are responsibilities shared at all levels of government. Of particular concern are those resources that are finite in nature, such a watersheds, aquifers, and forests.
Founded in 2006, Napa County’s Parks and Open Space District has done a commendable job in preserving open space lands, creating new parks at Moore Creek and Eco Camp Berryessa, and keeping our two state parks open by assuming the operating responsibility. This has been accomplished without a dedicated funding source, instead relying on annual funds approved by the county Board of Supervisors.
The benefits that our Parks and Open Space District provide to all Napa residents are more critical than ever as we face challenges brought on by climate change. We need to preserve more of our forests and woodlands for their climate functions and protect them from wildfire by reducing fuel loads. We also need to protect the lands around our municipal watersheds to insure domestic water quality. And, as our cities and towns work to develop in-fill housing, we need to make sure that parks and wildlands are accessible to all.
The dedicated source of funding provided by the Measure K sales tax will allow the Parks and Open Space District to do all of this. With approval of Measure K, Napa County will join the other Bay Area counties in providing a stable source of funding for land preservation and restoration. Please join the League of Women Voters of Napa County and vote Yes on Measure K.
Veda Florez, president
League of Women Voters of Napa County
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