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ISABELLA LEVY: Congress must act to preserve nation's parks

on June 02, 2013 2:40 AM

In the coming summer months, millions of Pennsylvanians will head out to Penn’s Woods to hike, camp and play with family and friends. Here in Indiana County, many visit Yellow Creek State Park to sail and fish or to hike and bike the historic Kittanning Path, in use for nearly 300 years.

But what few people know is that Yellow Creek, along with many of our most beautiful outdoor areas, has been protected by a federal program known as the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Unless Congress acts this summer, this program will end, making it nearly impossible to protect and preserve our most precious places already threatened by development and pollution.

Pennsylvania’s parks and forests are our common natural heritage. We have a right to enjoy the services — the tangible economic and environmental value as well as the personal and sentimental connections — that they provide us. It’s imperative that Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey speak out to ensure that the program responsible for our beloved parks is ensured full funding.

Isabella Levy

PennEnvironment parks intern

Philadelphia

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