March 23, 2013 |
President Obama will sign a proclamation Monday to designate several historic properties in Delaware and 1,100 acres of the Brandywine Valley along the Delaware-Pennsylvania border as First State National Monument, a White House office has disclosed. The property, which includes acreage in Chadds Ford, Delaware County, is the state of Delaware's first inclusion under the National Park Service. The park will be a testament to early Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, and English settlements, as well as Delaware's role as the first state to ratify the Constitution.
March 25, 2011 |
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Friday announced the addition of a 95-acre parcel at Gettysburg National Military Park, saying it caps nearly two decades of efforts to acquire the property. What had most recently been a nine-hole golf course at the former Gettysburg County Club will henceforth be known by its historical name, the Emanuel Harman Farm. Major fighting occurred there on July 1, 1863, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and a key victory for the Union forces.
August 29, 2001 |
A state environmental commission yesterday unveiled what it touted as a model land-use plan to create a statewide network of forested corridors and waterways. The plan seeks to protect thousands of miles of "greenways," such as forests, state and local parks, historic sites, trails, and rivers, by linking them together like the Interstate Highway System. "The state is leaping into the forefront of the greenways program," said Edward McMahon, director of the Conservation Fund's American Greenways Program and a member of Gov. Ridge's Greenways Partnership Commission, which put together the state plan.
September 23, 2000
It hasn't been easy rounding up U.S. Senate votes for what Senate leaders - Republican and Democrat - call "the most significant commitment of resources to conservation ever. " But the most important group of voters - the American people - is squarely behind boosting the nation's commitment to parkland, wilderness and water resources conservation. A recent poll found that an overwhelming majority favored doing far more to protect natural resources. Four out of five would set up a permanent land and water conservation fund to protect the land, water, wildlife and other natural resources of our country.
July 15, 1989
When Pennsylvanians filed their income-tax returns this year, the form asked if they'd like their refunds to go into a conservation fund - which ended up with more than $350,000. All told, 38 states offer more than 100 such options, ranging from cancer research in Arkansas to a veterans' cemetery in New Mexico. Obviously, the commonwealth could go further in panhandling its taxpayers for favorite causes. So the state chairmen of the two major political parties have been planning to recommend a new cause, with a $1 donation to be solicited annually from all taxpayers when they file.
April 25, 1997 |
Area conservation and planning groups will share more than $400,000 in state grants to help protect and improve waterways, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced. The grants are part of the state's Keystone Rivers Conservation Program, a four-year, $75 million assistance effort. Recipients are required to supply matching funds or in-kind services. Nineteen grants, totaling $1.06 million, were awarded this week to organizations around the state. The largest grant awarded in the second year of the program is $225,000 to develop a watershed conservation plan for the 10-county Schuylkill basin, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
October 13, 2003 |
One of the largest additions to Pennsylvania's state forests in more than a decade - 9,000 acres of unspoiled land and water in the middle of strip-mining country - is opening for public recreation 2 1/2 hours northwest of Philadelphia. The land in question is the 10-mile-long valley between the Big and Little Mountains on the border of Northumberland and Columbia Counties, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which oversees 2.1 million acres of state forests.
May 24, 1999 |
Natural Lands Trust, a nonprofit land conservation organization in Upper Providence, Delaware County, has hired David J. Athey of Newark, Del., as its river-conservation program manager. Athey started with the conservation group this month. Initially, he will be working on the Schuylkill River Watershed Conservation Plan. The trust is involved in that project cooperatively with the Conservation Fund, a national organization with offices in Philadelphia and Washington, and the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
October 9, 1996 |
On a soggy autumn day, grantmakers planted the seeds for green summers of recreation and nature preservation along the Schuylkill. The William Penn Foundation yesterday announced $2.9 million in grants to benefit both wildlife and people, with projects ranging from Philadelphia parkland to suburban stream preservation and nature trails. "The more it is used and appreciated, the more supporters the watershed will have to preserve its resources for future generations," foundation president Harry E. Cerino said at a press conference at Flat Rock Park in Lower Merion.