Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Act To Save Our Trails Today

From The Rails to Trails Conservancy:

The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund—a wildly popular Pennsylvania program that is the main reason we have more open rail-trails than any other state in the country—was initiated by Governor Tom Ridge after a near-unanimous vote of the Legislature in 1993, and supported by more than two-thirds of voters in a statewide referendum. The program has funded thousands of park and recreation projects, including hundreds of miles of trails in every county in the state—including the Great Allegheny Passage, the Pine Creek Rail Trail, the Delaware Canal Towpath, the Lehigh Gorge and the Schuylkill River Trail.Unfortunately, the Fund is now under threat of permanent elimination. Sign a petition to protect this crucial state program now!

Back in February, we asked a small number of you with a senator on the state's Senate Appropriations Committee to speak up for the Keystone Fund. Thank you to the 503 of you who spoke up! (Since that time, there has not been much progress to report, but rest assured that we have been closely monitoring the status of the Fund.)

Now, in our continuing efforts to maintain the Keystone Funding Program in Pennsylvania, our partners in the Renew Growing Greener Coalition have launched a petition drive in support of the program.Our goal is to reach as many signatures as possible today, Tuesday, April 10. In addition to sending an email to your contacts in Pennsylvania, please promote the petition on your social media sites to your PA friends and family:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) will continue to keep a close eye on this effort, and will update you when there is more to report.

Thank you so much,
Tom SextonDirector,
Northeast Office
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

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