Tell PA Legislators: Don't Kill Dedicated Farmland Preservation & Open Space Funding
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Tell PA Legislators: Don't Kill Dedicated Farmland Preservation & Open Space Funding

    1. Tony Robalik
    2. Petition by

      Tony Robalik

      Lancaster, PA

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/

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    • Kelly Sand DOYLESTOWN, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Please do not let our farmland disappear. Once it is gone, we will never get it back.

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    • Michelle Hart UNIONVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Farmland and Open Space is the foundation of our country. I am proud to have grown up in Chester County, especially in the village of Unionville and still live there today. I am thankful for all the land owners preserving their land for generations to come.

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    • William Fields SPRING CITY, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Its very difficult to "unbuild" developments. When the open space is gone....it's gone.

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    • Monica Qaunn LANDENBERG, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am a member of the Conservancy, I believe in preserving the natural beauty of PA. It is important.

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    • Sue Marra Byham KEMBLESVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      If we go on as we are the entire state will eventually become an arid and polluted, paved-over extension of Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. All of our water will be heavily chlorinated, all of our food will be imported, people who suffer from asthma or emphysema will have to stay indoors most of the time, and there'll be no relief from the hot summer sun. We will lose even more of our wildlife. We will lose the sights, sounds, and smells of the places which, even for those who can only drive by during the work day, make life worthwhile. We have famously fertile soil in this state but we don't feed ourselves; we grow lawns instead of food forests, and we log in our old growth forests. Our water table is shrinking fast. We should be having a discussion about the many ways in which we're wasting our resources and acting against common sense because our resources are finite and there's nothing more valuable to Pennsylvanians than the land itself.

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