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Help Protect Outdoor Recreation in PA: Keystone Fund threatened.
The Keystone Fund, created with near-unanimous bipartisan support in 1993, is like a mini Land and Water Conservation Fund for Pennsylvania.
Funded by a percentage of the real estate transfer tax it is DCNR’s primary source of funding for recreation and conservation grants; successfully funding more than 4,500 projects, investing in local communities, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for PA citizens. https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/GoodNatured/Pages/Article.aspx?post=49
Unfortunately a new bill, HB2004, would take away the current dedicated funding and give control of it to the General Assembly, thus making the funds subject to political whims.
Help protect the Keystone Fund by calling or emailing your State Representative (find here https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/) and asking them to oppose HB2004.
More info and talking points here. Also at https://pecpa.org/policy/pec-opposes-house-bill-2004/
Delaware River named 2020 River of the Year by American Rivers
AMC-DV has been a member and financial supporter of American Rivers for 30 years. Read more plus watch the video below.
Penn’s Parks for All: the next 25 years.
Pennsylvania has one of the best State Park systems in the country and AMC members benefit greatly from the recreation opportunities it provides. Over the last two years, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has been working on the Penn’s Parks for All strategic plan which will guide DCNR’s work for the next 25 years. Many AMC members have provided input for this process and the preliminary report has now been published. We encourage you to review the recommendations and provide further comment here: Penn's Parks for All.
Demand Full and Dedicated Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Breakneck Ridge, New Jersey, is one of the thousands of popular hiking areas served by the LWCF.
Now is our chance to finally secure permanent, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The United States Senate is reviewing S.1081, a bi-partisan bill to permanently provide $900 million annually to the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Write to your Senators today asking for their support of S.1081 by joining as a co-sponsor.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a visionary and bipartisan federal funding program for protecting our nation’s most special places. From Sterling Forest in the New York Highlands, to White Cap Mountain in Maine, to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has funded the protection of some of our most iconic landscapes and trails in the Northeast. Earlier this year, we celebrated the permanent re-authorization of the Land Water Conservation Fund, but without dedicated funding Congress’ work is not complete.
Write to your Senators in support of funding for LWCF.
4,350 Acres Added to Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge
In Northampton, Monroe Counties in Pennsylvania along AT
Recently 4,350 acres have been added to Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Northampton and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania.
Much of the additional land is adjacent to the Appalachian Trail between Wind Gap and Fox Gap, widening the corridor there and further protecting the trail.
In April 2017, 1,700 acres along five miles of the Appalachian Trail just northeast of Wind Gap were transferred to the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, becoming part of the Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge.
At the time, an additional 2,619 acres was planned to be transferred. but was held up because part of the funding was unavailable, as Congress had allowed the authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to lapse.
With the permanent reauthorization of the LWCF earlier this year, the funds became available and on September 4 a celebration was held at Cherry Valley to mark the transfer of these lands from the Conservation Fund to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. More information can be found at PA Environment Digest.
EPA proposal would drastically weaken Clean Water Act
Since 1972, the Clean Water Act (CWA) has been one of the nation’s most effective and important tools for protecting our waterways from pollution. But now the EPA has proposed weakening the CWA by redefining the types of waters that are protected, putting human and environmental health and recreation at risk.
The EPA’s proposal would drastically narrow the definition of "waters of the U.S.," stripping many wetlands, ephemeral streams, and other surface waters from protection under the CWA. But these water bodies are crucial to the health of their larger watersheds. If enacted, this change would allow pollution that could threaten downstream drinking water quality, wildlife habitats, and ecosystem health. The comment period is over, but you can still learn what is happening. Click below.
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