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Public Support for State Conservation and Recreation Funding

Do you think that state funds dedicated to preserving farmland and open space, providing parks and trails, and protecting rivers and streams should continue to be used for these purposes?

 

This question was one of a few posed by the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg to over 600 PA residents regarding their views on state funding for conservation and recreation projects within the Commonwealth. 

The survey revealed overwhelming public support throughout the state and among all demographic groups for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation, as well as increasing state funding for land and water conservation, even if that meant a small increase in taxes.

 

 

Read more from this Growing Greener Coalition press release (December 20, 2012) below:

PA Growing Greener Coalition Points to Newly Released Survey as Clear Evidence of
Strong Public Support for State Conservation and Recreation Funding

(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition today pointed to a newly released statewide survey as clear evidence of strong public support for state funding to preserve farmland and open space, provide parks and trails and protect rivers and streams. 

The survey, conducted between Oct. 1 and Nov. 4 by the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg, showed overwhelming public support for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation and recreation, as well as increasing state funding to protect land, water and wildlife.   The survey questions were commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land. 

“The results of this survey send a clear message that conservation funding is of utmost importance to the vast majority of Pennsylvanians,” said Andrew Heath, executive director of the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition. “The Coalition is pleased to find such strong public support for our mission to continue and increase dedicated funding for programs that protect our natural resources and historic treasures.” 

Overall, the survey found that more than 92 percent of the 608 Pennsylvanians surveyed think that state funds dedicated to preserving farmland and open space, providing parks and trails and protecting rivers and streams should continue to be used for these purposes. 

In addition, the survey found that nearly 78 percent of respondents support increasing state funds to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sites, forests and farms even if would cost the average household $10 more annually. Further, these high levels of support are constant throughout every geographic region and every gender, ethnic, educational and economic demographic throughout the state.

“In a difficult economic climate, it is remarkable that support for conservation funding enjoys such strong public support at every level.  This clearly demonstrates that continued and increased conservation and recreation funding is in line with what Pennsylvanians value,” said Heath.  

For the full survey results, click here.

About the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition The mission of Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener Coalition is to enhance the health and economic well-being of communities throughout the Commonwealth by advocating for public funding to conserve and protect land, water, wildlife habitat and historic places; and to ensure well-managed parks and recreational areas throughout the state. Established in 2008, the Coalition comprises local, regional and statewide environmental, conservation and recreation groups that have come together to collectively build awareness and educate the public and elected leaders about the critical need for conservation and preservation funding. For more information, visit www.pagrowinggreener and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @pagrowgreener.