Gilbertsville, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, Girl Scout and other local officials toured Camp Laughing Waters in Montgomery County, and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address land conservation and green infrastructure needs in the county and state.
“The county has identified the greenway along Swamp Creek that includes the Camp Laughing Waters property with its forests and stream buffers as one of the most scenic and unspoiled landscapes in the county,” Dunn said. “Green infrastructure projects such as this 455-acre easement that are important to community recreation and revitalization require the type of investment that Restore Pennsylvania could provide.”
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.
Girl Scouts of Eastern PA owns Camp Laughing Waters. The easement that would protect the natural resources of the property in New Hanover and Upper Frederick townships would be held by the non-profit Natural Lands, and would allow the Girl Scouts to continue to use the land as a residential camp.
“As an organization that saves open space, cares for nature, and connects people to the outdoors throughout eastern Pennsylvania, Natural Lands is keenly aware of the continuing need to conserve gems like Camp Laughing Waters,” said Natural Lands President, Oliver Bass. “The conservation investments included in Restore Pennsylvania could play an important role in providing the Commonwealth’s residents with access to nature and safe, clean water.”
The easement also would include a close to two-mile segment of the proposed county Sunrise Trail, which is a critical recreational element of the greenway.
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Restore Pennsylvania plan (PDF).
Christina Novak, 717-772-9101