Renew Growing Greener
Pennsylvania Investment in Heritage, Parks & Recreation and Agriculture
Pennsylvanians concerned about historic, scenic, natural and outdoor recreation resources are urged to visit the Growing Greener website - www.pagrowinggreener.org - to learn about what has been and continues to be done to protect the integrity of the Keystone Fund and promote the renewal of broader, sustainable funding for preservation and conservation measures for natural and man-made resources. Our coalition has been successful in protecting the Keystone Fund and the restoration of funding for Pennsylvania Heritage Areas in the FY 2013-14 state budget.
Pennsylvania's Growing Greener Programs have been responsible for heritage development, agricultural land preservation, threatened natural areas conservation, abandoned mine reclamation, outdoor recreation and parks enhancements and state park and state forest infrastructure improvements. The available funding from the Growing Greener I and II programs are depleting and Growing Greener II will soon expire. Pennsylvania has no other means to help counties and local communities save open space and agricultural land, remediate brownfield sites, restore impaired rivers and streams or protect valuable heritage resources.
Endless Mountains Heritage Region is a supporting organization of the Growing Greener Coalition in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and member of the advocacy coalition. A basic introductory flyer on the issue and the need to have Pennsylvania establish a Growing Greener III program to ensure the continuation of needed conservation and preservation efforts is available for you now.
As this campaign begins to grow, we will include updates so that individuals and organizations of the Endless Mountains Region and Susquehanna River North Branch can help in the advocacy efforts. Those concerned may wish to make a donation to the Coalition. The information for their fundraising campaign is provided here. We are currently looking for individuals willing to serve as county coordinators to assist us in identifying opportunities for advocacy and program promotion. Anyone living or working in Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna or Wyoming Counties interested in helping is encouraged to call Phil Swank at (570) 265-1528 or email him at email@example.com.
Additional information can be obtained from www.pagrowinggreener.org.
Phil & Parker on the Iroquois Trail for 2013 Volunteer Strong Walk
(photo taken by Michelle Swank)