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04/06/2019

Wolf Administration Discusses How Restore Pennsylvania Could Address Green Infrastructure Needs at Jennings Environmental Education Center

Slippery Rock, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials formally opened new interpretative exhibits at Jennings Environmental Education Center and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.

"These interpretative exhibits, coupled with the staff and volunteer commitment here at Jennings, have helped make the Pennsylvania park system a national leader," said Dunn, "but that leadership position is threatened by looming infrastructure needs. Just as these displays are essential to environmental education, Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing infrastructure needs of our state parks and state forests throughout the state."

Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to 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.

Overseeing 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, DCNR faces green infrastructure needs totaling $1 billion.

"I grew up in Pittsburgh. Never fished, never walked deep forest trails until I was 40 years old, but now I know, with Moraine and Jennings state parks within Butler County,  I know I have found my place," said Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau President Jack Cohen. 

"They are the crown jewels of Butler County. More than 1,700 acres of open space drawing almost two million people, not just from Butler County, but from all over. For my children and grandchildren, it is important that these gifts always will be there. We need to update, we need to maintain, and we need to do these things on a continual basis."

Jennings EE Center is one of four environmental education centers operated by the Bureau of State Parks.

More than 7,900 people attended environmental education programs offered at Jennings in 2018. Throughout the state, attendance surpassed 415,000 visitors.

For more details on the Jennings Environmental Education Center, visit the DCNR website.

To learn more, view the full Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-2225

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