A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday pleaded with legislators to go along with a recommendation by Gov. Rick Scott to spend $15 million to buy environmentally sensitive lands, reports the News Service of Florida. Budgets offered by the Senate and House both propose no money for the Florida Forever land buying program so far this year. “We agree with Gov. Scott that a healthy economy is dependent upon a healthy environment,” said Janet Bowman of the Nature Conservancy. “Acquiring lands that are critical to protecting land and water resources directly protects Florida’s environment.” Florida Audubon’s Eric Draper said that as the economy starts to come back, sensitive land will be targeted by developers.”Every year that Florida Forever is not funded, there is a greater risk that really important environmental land is lost — lost to development or converted to other uses,” Draper said. The House has passed its budget, the Senate spending plan is in the final committee this week.