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Wolf Administration Tours Gifford Pinchot State Park
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 04/22/2019

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials toured campground facilities at Gifford Pinchot State Park and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in 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.

"Green infrastructure improvements of this scope do not come cheap. Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing needs of our state forests and state parks throughout the state," Dunn said.

We know campers now look for electric hookups, pet friendly areas, and other expanded options, but clean, well-lighted wash areas and restrooms top the list of what our state parks visitors want," Dunn said. "Green infrastructure improvements of this scope do not come cheap. Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing needs of our state forests and state parks throughout the state."

Dunn and others visited the park campground at East Camping Area Road where they addressed the need for full rehabilitation of four campground shower houses for improved public safety and service at this high-use facility.

Overseeing 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, DCNR faces green infrastructure cost estimates totaling $1 billion. An upgrade of Pinchot facilities is estimated at $2 million.

"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 Gifford Pinchot State Park."

Pinchot, a 2,338-acre park that includes the 340-acre Pinchot Lake, has 339 campsites at the southern end of the lake, making it one of the largest state park campgrounds. The campsites have macadam pads and accommodate tents and motor homes.

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