YORK COUNTY – PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary John Norbeck visited York County’s Gifford Pinchot State Park to call attention to the park’s infrastructure needs and how the use of recovery funds could help vital infrastructure needs statewide. Norbeck says Pinchot requires millions of dollars in improvements to ensure it continues to be a place that visitors can turn to as a healthy, safe respite. Gov. Tom Wolf designated $450 million in American Rescue Plan Act dollars for conservation, recreation, and preservation. DCNR has a documented need of more than $1.4 billion for infrastructure repairs and improvements. PA made its last major injection of funding for conservation and outdoor recreation in 2005 with the Growing Greener II initiative, which funded hundreds of trail projects, conserved thousands of acres, and helped with hundreds of water projects to reduce pollution and flooding. Statewide, outdoor recreation is multi-billion dollar industry that directly supports 150,000 jobs. Over 42 million people visited state parks in 2021.

JOHN NORBECK