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March 25, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
August 29, 2001 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 25, 1997 | By Susan Q. Stranahan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
October 13, 2003 | By Don Sapatkin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 23, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY Historic site to be preserved A historic 553-acre swath of land in Chester County will be preserved after a yearlong project to keep it from development. The Warwick Furnace Farm, along the French Creek in Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships, will be turned into a nature preserve and conserved through a joint effort involving the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. "It's hard to overstate the value of this property and its preservation," Cary Leptuck, French and Pickering board president, said in a statement Monday.
NEWS
May 24, 1999 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
October 9, 1996 | by Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
December 23, 2015
CHESTER COUNTY Historic site to be preserved A historic 553-acre swath of land in Chester County will be preserved after a yearlong project to keep it from development. The Warwick Furnace Farm, along the French Creek in Warwick and East Nantmeal Townships, will be turned into a nature preserve and conserved through a joint effort involving the French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust. "It's hard to overstate the value of this property and its preservation," Cary Leptuck, French and Pickering board president, said in a statement Monday.
NEWS
March 23, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 30, 2012 | By Amy Worden and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HARRISBURG — Higher education and social services may be drawing all the attention as the big-ticket budget battle plays out across the state. But now some Pennsylvania residents — and lawmakers of both parties — are rallying to the defense of two relatively modest budget items that have for two decades provided the foundation for land conservation in Pennsylvania. In the $27.1 billion budget he proposed in February, Gov. Corbett called for transferring a total of $69 million from the farmland preservation program and the Keystone Recreation, Parks and Conservation Fund into the state's general fund to help cover shortfalls driven by the recession.
NEWS
March 25, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
NEWS
April 28, 2010 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A conservative group's shoot-'em-up fund-raising event is setting off fireworks across the political landscape - and has some candidates running for the hills. The Commonwealth Foundation is offering attendees at its May 8 "LiveFreePA" fund-raiser and candidates' forum in Lancaster County the chance to "fire a few rounds into a beat-up car bearing anti-freedom messages and icons. " On Tuesday, foundation president Matt Brouillette wrote in an e-mail sent to media and foundation supporters: ". . . I hope you'll join us May 8th to pump a few rounds (or fire a cannon . . .)
NEWS
February 15, 2008 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A $31 million land deal is in the works that could turn one of the largest privately owned properties in Chester County into a public playground. Stretching for two miles along the Maryland border, it encompasses 1,718 acres, and was assembled during the last half-century by descendants of the founder of Campbell Soup, the late George Strawbridge Sr. and his son, George Strawbridge Jr. If the deal is successful, the land stretching across parts of Franklin, Elk and New London Townships will be purchased with county, state and private funds.
NEWS
December 13, 2007 | By Diane Mastrull and Angela Couloumbis INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
An environmental crisis has been averted in Pennsylvania, as the state House yesterday approved - unanimously and with stunning speed - a three-year funding plan for the state's hazardous-sites cleanup program. Passage of the measure, endorsed by the state Senate in October, came just 19 days before the fund for remediation and monitoring of contaminated properties was to run out of money. As many as 130 employees of the Department of Environmental Protection were to be laid off. What is needed now is Gov. Rendell's approval - something he has promised to deliver, albeit reluctantly.
NEWS
July 17, 2007 | By Diane Mastrull and Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A legislative battle over a state Senate plan to shore up a hazardous-sites cleanup program by taking more than $40 million from a land-preservation fund was threatening the passage of Pennsylvania's budget yesterday. So lawmakers resorted to an old strategy: put off the problem. By mid-afternoon, Rep. Dwight Evans (D., Phila.) was recommending to House and Senate leaders that they wait two months to vote on the issue of future funding for the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund, known as HASCA.
NEWS
July 16, 2007 | By Andy Loza
Despite citizens' strong support for government spending for conservation and recreation, the state Senate has slashed funding for it. Motivated by a need to find $40 million a year for another state program, the Senate passed Senate Bill 913, which would cut the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund by nearly 50 percent. The House must still take up the issue. In spite of a budget surplus, the governor seems inclined to support the cut. A growing number of House members oppose it. With today's intense development pressure, if land is not protected as parks and open space soon, it will be developed.
NEWS
September 10, 2006 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Families of Flight 93 have sealed a deal on a postage-stamp-size parcel that would be the first tract bought for a memorial to the 40 people on board the United Airlines jetliner when it slammed into the ground near here Sept. 11. The purchase of the three acres - only a fraction of the 2,200 planned for the Flight 93 Memorial park - is largely a symbolic gesture. But to many it is a sign that, at long last, the acquisition of land to honor the passengers and crew who thwarted an attack on Washington is gaining momentum.
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