Letter: New funding needed for Growing Greener

To the Editor: 

letters1Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program has a proud history of success in protecting our water, conserving our natural lands, preserving our family farms and providing outdoor recreation. 

However, much work still needs to be done in order to ensure future generations have access to clean water, locally-grown food and public parks, trails and recreational opportunities. 

Unfortunately, funding for the Growing Greener program is at an all-time low. 

The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition recently unveiled a plan detailing the need for $315 million in annual investments in order to protect our water, land and other natural resources. 

More than 150 conservation, preservation and recreation organizations from across the Commonwealth have endorsed the plan and are calling on the Governor and Legislature to act. 

Senate Bill 1374, sponsored by Sen. Tom Killion, establishes a framework for creating a Growing Greener III program and is the first step forward. Looking ahead, our lawmakers must come up with a funding source so that we can ensure the program’s vitality long into the future and Keep PA Growing Greener. 

Andrew Heath 

Executive Director

Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition 

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