Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Robert Griffith, PA Recreation and Parks Society

Robert Griffith, PA Recreation and Parks Society, said the two very best things in Pennsylvania are the State Parks and Forests and while the state did an excellent job in creating the system, it has not provided adequate operation and maintenance funding.
Griffith also expressed concern about the potential impact of leasing thousands of acres of State Forest land for natural gas drilling saying the drilling has the potential to pollute local landscapes and water sources. He recommended the state adopt a natural gas severance tax, rather than accelerate leasing to provide revenue to environmental programs.
Other speakers at the event include:
Marci Mowery, PA Parks and Forests Foundation
Professor Andy Mowen, Penn State University
Patricia Tomes, Rails-To-Trails Conservancy
Curt Ashenfelter, Keystone Trails Association
Judith Schwank, 10,000 Friends of PA
Cynthia Carrow, Western PA Conservancy
Donna Morelli, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
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