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08/01/2019

Wolf Administration Discusses How Restore Pennsylvania Could Address Infrastructure Needs in McKean Conservation Area Tour

​Fairview, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other DCNR officials toured the McKean Conservation Area and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.

“DCNR is proud to assist McKean Township and Lake Erie Region Conservancy in this effort, and this is just the start in the planning and development of this beautiful 88-acre site,” Dunn said. “Much more is needed to improve the project to its maximum benefit. This is exactly the type of green infrastructure the Restore Pennsylvania proposal would benefit.”

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.

Reflecting a DCNR investment of $177,000 in grant funds to assist McKean Township and Lake Erie Region Conservancy, the Erie County conservation area is designed to enhance the ecology of the region and increase environmental education opportunities.

Future phases of the project would provide for new trails and amenities at a cost of at least $1,138,005. A master site plan has been completed, providing framework for decisions on hiking, fishing, nature education, and other outdoor recreation.

Walking the site with township and conservation area officials, Dunn noted Restore Pennsylvania could provide green infrastructure funding for improvements to the area on things such as construction of loop trails; improved quality and access to Elk Creek; new woodlands with invasive species management initiatives; parking areas; kiosks with trail signage; and viewing areas.

Learn more about the Restore Pennsylvania plan.

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-705-2225

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