Safeguarding Our Land, Water & Air

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Governor Shapiro is working to protect the Commonwealth’s rich environment and ensure Pennsylvanians’ Constitutional right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the environment.  

Signed a FY2023-24 budget that doubled the funding to $112 million for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to maintain and improve state park and forest infrastructure.  

Signed a FY2023-24 budget that provided $2.8 million to support the new Office of Outdoor Recreation in order to better promote an industry that accounts for 152,000 jobs and $14 billion annually in the economy in the Commonwealth. 

“The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation [PPFF] applauds Governor Josh Shapiro and the Pennsylvania General Assembly for recognizing the important role that state parks and forests play in Pennsylvania. …We are grateful to see Governor Shapiro delivering for Pennsylvanians with these substantive investments in public lands.”

Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation President Marci Mowery 

Awarded a cumulative $329.7 million in clean water projects through PENNVEST, including replacing lead pipes in thousands of homes and upgrading wastewater treatment centers.

Supported a national marine sanctuary in Lake Erie, which would protect the natural and historic resources in a 740-square-mile area.  
The Department of Environmental Protection awarded over $1 million to 73 projects helping communities become more climate change resilient and reducing pollution. 
Awarded $7.8 million for 16 environmental restoration projects on abandoned mine lands through federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.