Conservation Trust Fund bill heads to Legislature for consideration
Legislation creating an outdoor conservation trust fund has cleared committee work in the Mississippi Senate, and now heads to the body for consideration.
House Bill 1231 creates a 12-member Board of Trustees (with seven voting) appointed by the Governor and Lt. Governor to manage the trust, to be used for acquisition of land for public use for grants to counties, municipalities, and state agencies to improve parks, trails, and other public land. The fund has a cap of $20 million, and grant funds must be expended within two years after receipt.
“As a hunter and outdoor enthusiast, I am keenly aware of how important it is to protect and improve our public lands for future generations. Mississippi has so much potential because of its wide-open, natural spaces,” Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann said. “The creation of this fund will help us to continue to maximize this potential for the betterment of all citizens.”
Prior to becoming Lt. Governor in 2020, Hosemann served as Secretary of State and State Land Commissioner from 2007 to 2019. During his tenure, he secured thousands of acres of land for public use, fought to protect Mississippi’s wetlands and wildlife, and helped manage 16th Section lands to return more than $1 billion to public education.