Save Our Parks and Forests
Pennsylvania Constitution, Section 27, Article 1:
The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all people.
The budget under consideration for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (chiefly responsible for conserving and maintaining our resources “for the benefit of all people”) is potentially quite detrimental to our state parks and forests.
Your voice – so effective in fighting back the unwise development proposed last year by HB 2013 – is now needed on behalf of these public lands and the people to whom they have been entrusted. Review and consider the information that follows. Then contact your legislator (here’s how to find out who he/she is) and express your determination to #SaveOurParksandForests. Because you SAVOR parks and forests!
- Take a look at this infographic outlining The Economics of the Outdoors (and print it out to share with your elected officials).
- Read one of our fact sheets on the value of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests from the Economic Benefits they provide, the Health Benefits they support, the Quality of Life they sustain.
- Consider the ways the outdoors help you Get Healthy (and remain so) (in both English and Spanish).
- Understand how years of diminished funding and willful neglect have impacted our state parks and forests in the State of the Parks, State of the Forests report commissioned in 2011.
TAKE ACTION (See Take Action Tuesday blog)
- Visit your favorite state park or forest and post your pictures to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the universe using #SaveOurParksandForests #Pennsylvania #PABudget
- Invite your state legislator to join you at your favorite state park, community park, or forest and show him or her what makes it special.
- Call, email, or write your elected officials and express your concerns. (HB 218 Personalized Talking Points.)
- Recruit at least one other person to write, email, or call their legislator.
- Share our page through your own social media.
- Volunteer with a PPFF friends group or other park/forest volunteer day to show your support (and isn’t that just a perfect opportunity for posting a photo).
- Watch Take Action Tuesday for additional actions (and not JUST on Tuesday)!
STAY INFORMED (See Save Our Parks and Forests blog)