Don’t forget to turn over your ballot this November.
The back has three referendums for voters, including a proposal to amend the state constitution’s “Forever Wild” clause. This amendment creates a land bank that is designed to preserve the unique nature of the Adirondacks and Catskills and meet the needs of the people who live in these protected areas.
Jessica Ottney Mahar, policy director of The Nature Conservancy in New York, came on the podcast to make the case for the amendment, talked about the history of “Forever Wild,” and answered personal questions about her cooking habits (SPOILER: Xantham Gum!). The conservation touched on the unique challenges facing people living in forest preserve lands, the first land bank for protected areas that was created in 1957 and what she would underline in the state constitution.