Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Heads Up Pennsylvanians ~ Bill 850 To Close 35 Pennsylvania State Parks!!

Laurel Mountain Hiking Trail taken Spring 2008!

The strong economic decline is not only hitting consumers hard , but will now affect our Pennsylvania State parks. Due to Senate Bill 850, 19 Million dollars will be cut from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources closing 35 of our Pennsylvania state parks, and 1,000 miles of state roads leading to them! We’ve 117 State Parks here in Pennsylvania, which means they could close nearly 1/3 of our State Parks by mid Summer 2009. Read full article here on the DCNR site!

Forests won’t be maintained against parasites which could eventually destroy them. This Bill could prevent preservation of our beautiful parks and forests for future generations! Another economic loss will filter down, with lost forest ranger jobs, forest maintenance jobs, and less clientele for restaurants and businesses which benefit from all the tourists who travel to enjoy our beautiful state parks and lakes!

I read through the grapevine that Laurel Mountain and Laurel Mountain Summit is slated to close! We hike the trail at least twice a year! We can’t let this happen folks, our region contains a multitude of awesome parks, lakes, and forest sites we must actively preserve! During these tough times many families can’t afford to spend a lot of money on vacations, and look to our natural outdoors for fun family entertainment.

State Parks and forests are the heart and pride of our Pennsylvania state and we need all of them! Many of our parks are free to visit.

I encourage all Pennsylvanians and tourists who wish to preserve the beautiful parks here in Pennsylvania join me to email and write our state representatives opposing the closing of all these parks. I was unable to retrieve the full list of possible park closings. Write to:

Governor Edward G. Rendell
225 Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Email ~

Senator Don White
Email ~

State Representative Mike Reese
Norvelt District Office
2230 Mount Pleasant Road
Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666
Email ~

Related Articles:

Literally In The Moment ~ Keystone Lake Pennsylvania Photos
Post Gazette ~ Cutbacks put some state parks on shaky ground.
Ligonier Living ~ I'm stunned.
Literally In The Moment ~ Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Excursion 2008.


Jo Janoski said...

Of all the places to cut money!

Dan said...

Jo, sorry to hear that. Been there...done that in Illinois. They closed most of the parks and historical sites. Since we have our 'new governor' they have been re-opened, but now he says if they don't pass a large tax increase they might be closed again

ochikeron said...

Hi jo,

Very sad to hear about this. I never thought about parks closing... Maybe because we don't have that many parks in Japan.

How beautiful your picture is. Can't people visit if they close?

Jo A. T.B. said...

I agree Jo, I guess the economy is effecting everything!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Seems there's no winning Dan. Everthing will be taken away, and be dictated by the government!

Jo A. T.B. said...

Hi Ochi,

We have a park here near me, which I don't think will be on the list. There are camping grounds that draw in revenue, but they want to keep the price free for theose who visit and don't stay overnight! I don't know if we can visit after they close, really I think they won't have the people to keep the public out!

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