Protect our Parks & Forests

For our health, our economy and our future

The Problem

Details of a billion dollar need

In 2017, with the support of the Richard King Mellon Foundation, PPFF undertook a comprehensive study of the maintenance needs in our state parks and forests. The resulting report (The Legacy of Pennsylvania’s State Parks and Forests: The Future Is In Our Hands) is an in-depth look at these ongoing and urgent needs.


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The Problem

Staff, funding, and materials have fallen increasingly short over the past decade.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) manages more infrastructure (roads, bridges, buildings, trails, nature assets) than most state agencies.

The Problem

Inconsistent investment in PA state parks results in unprecedented need.

The long-term under- or inconsistent investment in Pennsylvania state parks and forests has resulted in an unprecedented tally of needed investments: from bridges to wastewater treatment facilities, from dams to invasive plant removal, and from roads to trails.

Visualize the Needs

Gain a different perspective on the issues.

Explore the history of Pennsylvania’s relationship with the outdoors and the importance of conserving its legacy in this story map.

Join the Movement

Protect Our Parks and Forests for today and our future generations.

There are many actions we can take, as citizens and enthusiasts, and by using this site you can find the resources you need and join events across the state to make your voice heard!


“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment.”

Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.

Pennsylvania Constitution | Article 1, Section 27 | Natural Resources and the Public Estate
The Problem

Explore the extent of the problems we face and what it means for our communities and residents across our commonwealth.

Make a Difference

Consider all the ways you can make a difference in preserving Pennsylvania’s Parks & Forests

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News & Updates

After More Than A Decade Of Warnings Significant Funding Was Needed, Floods Are Again Devastating Pennsylvania

Reproduced and linked from David Hess’s 9/3/2021 PA Environment Digest: Since 2010, the Growing Greener Coalition, hunting and fishing, farm […]

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MISS! Pennsylvania among stingiest states in spending on parks and rec

This is NOT how we want to be known! We are in the bottom 10 of per resident spending on […]

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HIT! Tom Wolf announced plan to improve Pennsylvania’s state parks

With the goal of improving Pennsylvania´s state parks, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the plan “Penn’s Parks for All.” The announcement […]

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