Protect our Parks & Forests
For our health, our economy and our future
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.
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.
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
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