Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks under threat

Each year, our state parks and forests give millions of visitors an opportunity to hike, camp, fish, boat or just relax. From Erie’s Presque Isle to Ridley Creek State Park outside of Philadelphia, and everywhere in between, Pennsylvania’s 120 state parks and 20 state forests are some of the crown jewels of our natural heritage.

Sadly, our state parks and forests face major threats from all sides: potential privatization, severe funding cuts and budget shortfalls, a backlog of maintenance and repair projects, and the threat of Marcellus Shale gas drilling and the clearcuts and pollution that accompany it.

We must protect our state parks and forests

Our elected officials in Harrisburg have allowed funding for state parks and forests to be slashed, and have opened up more than 700,000 acres of state forestlands to Marcellus Shale gas drilling. And now Gov. Tom Corbet is pushing to eliminate the Keystone Fund, a program dedicated to protecting our state parks.

PennEnvironment is standing up for the parks and forests that we love — and making sure that they get the protections that they need and deserve. Alongside our citizen members and activists, PennEnvironment is working to make sure that our state parks and forests are protected and properly maintained for generations to come.

Thousands of concerned citizens have joined our efforts, calling and emailing their elected officials, and making sure that our state parks and forests have a voice and a constant watchdog. Join our campaign and urge your legislators to protect our state parks and maintain the Keystone Fund.

Preservation Updates

News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

New Study Shows Threat Posed to Parks and Forests by Fracking

Today the citizen-based environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment released its newest study, “Frack Attack” which showed the far-reaching threat that gas drilling poses to parks, forests and public lands across Pennsylvania.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Frack Attack: Pennsylvania's parks and forests threatened by drilling

Pennsylvania is blessed with incredible public lands, from the famed hiking paths and scenic vistas of Loyalsock and Cook State Forests, to the pristine woods and walking trails of the Delaware Water Gap. Unfortunately, many of these places are under threat from fracking.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Budget Passage Puts Pennsylvania at Risk

 The fiscal code bill that passed both chambers included a one-time influx of $95 million in revenue from reopening state forests and, for the first time ever, opening up state parks for new unconventional natural gas leasing.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement of Environmental and Outdoor Organizations in Support of Reauthorization of Critical Conservation Program

“For the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected some of Pennsylvanians’ most beloved places. Whether it’s safeguarding the hiking path along the Appalachian Trail, preserving parts of Fairmount Park, protecting Ohiopyle, or helping create Valley Forge National Park, LWCF has protected some of the most important parts of Pennsylvania’s natural heritage."

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