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Commercialization Bill Threatens Our State Parks

ACTION: Send a message to your state legislator urging him to oppose H.B.2013.

Once again there is a move to introduce commercial operations into our state parks, including golf courses, amusement parks, and restaurants, to remedy the funding shortfall. A coalition of environmental organizations strongly opposes the move included in the legislation H.B.2013.

For some years Pennsylvania’s system of 117 state parks has suffered from a lack of funds. Today the Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources relies on the Oil and Gas Lease Fund, but DCNR has consistently diverted those funds away from conservation and our parks, resulting in a backlog of projects to maintain existing facilities and assets.

In urging legislators to reject H.B.2013 and to consider sustainable funding that is more in line with the historical purpose of the park system, opponents point to the following flaws in the legislation;

  • Building new projects the public isn’t asking for.
  • Shifting park management from DCNR professionals to legislative appointees.
  • Increasing legislative pressure to advance politically motivated projects.
  • Reducing public input on state park project development.

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