Governor Corbett is proposing, in his 2012-13 budget proposal, to permanently cut $50.5 million in dedicated funds for the preservation of Pennsylvania farmland ($20.5m) and from the Keystone Fund ($30m).
These separate, yet interwoven, funding sources are our only means of protecting critical farmland, critical water resources, and for providing recreational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians.
Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s #1 industry – providing 1 in 7 jobs and representing $50 billion to the economy and leading the nation in number of farms and acres permanently preserved. Since 1988, more than $1.1 billion has been invested to safeguard 459,000 acres on 4,253 farms with state, county and local funding.
The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has been used for 2,600 municipal and county parks, preserving over 120,000 acres of open space, and creating 25,000 miles of land and water trails in Pennsylvania. For every $1 in state funding, about $2.28 in matching local funds has been invested in local trails and community green spaces.
Sign this petition to urge your State Representatives, Senators, and the Governor, to restore dedicated funding, in the 2012-2013 budget, to both of these critically-important programs.
This petition is supported by the Brandywine Conservancy, based in Chadds Ford, as well as many other land trusts throughout the region. For more information, follow this link: http://www.brandywineconservancy.org/