Spring Mills, Centre County, PA – Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials toured the Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Management Center and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.
"Just as this tree nursery's irrigation lake is essential to the future of our state's woodlands, Restore Pennsylvania is critical in meeting infrastructure needs of our state forests and state parks throughout the state," said Dunn. "This is a high-hazard dam, one that needs major work estimated to cost $4 million."
Governor Wolf's Restore Pennsylvania plan would aggressively address the commonwealth's vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century.
DCNR oversees 130 dams in its state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland. Of these, 46 are classified as high-hazard. That is, they are capable of exacting significant tolls on resident safety and property should they fail.
Currently, the dam spillway at Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Conservation Center's 9-acre lake is capable of handling only 33 percent of the required flow in flood conditions.
"The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation recently released a report outlining a billion dollars in infrastructure needs across our park and forest system," said Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation President Marci Mowery. "Restore Pennsylvania provides a vehicle to address those needs, such as the ones that we've seen here today at the Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Conservation Center. Named to honor the Mother of Forestry in Pennsylvania, the center provides a needed service for our natural environment -- the propogation of seedlings, the protection of seed species, and the creation of wood products."
Formerly known as Penn Nursery and Woodshops, the Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Conservation Center was renamed in mid-October 2016.
Bisected by Route 322, its acreage produces conifer and hardwood seeds and seedlings for beautification of Pennsylvania highways and reforestation of state forests and parks. The center's state-of-the-art sign and picnic table operation also supplies those parks and forests.
To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).
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