Bad ATV Bill

We all know how damaging all terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be to birds, wildlife and their habitats -- not to mention hiking trails, streams, wetlands, and the chance to enjoy a quiet walk in the woods. That is why Audubon needs your help urging Governor Malloy to veto a bad ATV bill! Here’s the problem. In the last moments of this year’s legislative session – without any public hearing or floor debate – lawmakers passed Senate Bill 190, a bad ATV bill. Audubon was there and working with our legislative champions to block the ATV provision, which was proposed on the last day of the session as a replacement for the original bill. We thought we had it stopped, but in the chaos of the last moments, the bill slipped through.

SB 190 requires DEEP to implement its 2002 ATV policy by July 1, 2014, an action that will open the door to ATV use of fragile state conservation lands. More than 10 years old, this policy is in serious need of a review and update to ensure that it includes the best management practices for ATV use of our precious state lands. Key legislation required by the policy as a prerequisite for implementation, but never enacted must also be in place before DEEP is forced to take ANY further action to allow ATVs on state land.

No doubt about it – SB 190 is bad policy and bad for the environment! Please help us prevent this bill from becoming law. Email Governor Malloy NOW and ask him to VETO SB 190! Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thank you for taking action on this important issue!

All the best,

- Sandy

Sandy Breslin
Director of Governmental Affairs
Audubon Connecticut
(203) 264-5098 x306 [email protected] Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society, works to protect birds, other wildlife and their habitats using education, science and conservation, and legislative advocacy for the benefit of people and the earth's biological diversity. Through our network of nature education centers, protected wildlife sanctuaries and local, volunteer chapters, we seek to connect people with nature and inspire the next generation of conservationists.