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Your Input Needed for the Pennsylvania 2020-24 Outdoor Recreation Plan

Every five years, Pennsylvania develops a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which helps state agencies, local governments, and other recreation providers set outdoor recreation policies and develop projects and programs to connect people with the outdoors.

The draft 2020-24 Outdoor Recreation Plan has 20 recommendations around 5 priority areas: Health and Wellness; Recreation for All; Sustainable Systems; Funding and Economic Development; and Technology.

Information on the plan is available here and the draft recommendations and actions are here.

You can influence how your tax dollars are spent by taking a few minutes to give your thoughts on the proposed recommendations and action steps developed for each priority area by going to the Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Plan Web Page and completing the on-line survey found under the ‘Provide Feedback…’ section. The survey is open until October 31.

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.

Take Action:

Demand Full and Dedicated Funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

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.

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.

Breakneck Ridge, New Jersey, is one of the thousands of popular hiking areas served by the LWCF.

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