LEHIGH TOWNSHIP, PA — Governor Tom Wolf recently joined Senator John Yudichak, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn and Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Bryan J. Burhans at the Glen Onoko Falls Trail which closed to the public on May 1. The group discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address such green infrastructure needs in the state.
“Glen Onoko Falls and other beautiful Pennsylvania locations help to drive our tourism industry and local economies, but we need the resources to invest in them,” said Governor Wolf. “We must upgrade our infrastructure from our scenic trails to our small towns and big cities. Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing those needs.”
Restore Pennsylvania, funded by the monetization of a commonsense severance tax, will invest $4.5 billion over the next four years in significant high-impact projects throughout the commonwealth to help catapult Pennsylvania ahead of every state in the country in terms of technology, development, and infrastructure.
Glen Onoko Falls at State Game Lands 141 in Lehigh Township, Carbon County, outside of Jim Thorpe, is known for waterfalls and scenic views. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, which owns the land, closed the trail leading to the falls on May 1 due to unsafe conditions from erosion and overuse.
“Losing one of our great tourism amenities, through the closure of the Glen Onoko Falls Trail, means local businesses and local communities take a big economic hit,” said State Senator John Yudichak. “Carbon County needs the Glen Onoko Falls Trail back open for business, and Governor Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan can get the job done.”
Restore Pennsylvania will increase resources for new environmental projects and recreational opportunities across the state, including infrastructure and maintenance in state parks, creation, and revitalization of new local parks, and funding for new hiking, biking, and ATV trail projects.
Encompassing new and expanded programs to address five priority infrastructure areas including high-speed internet access, storm preparedness and disaster recovery, downstream manufacturing, business development, and energy infrastructure, demolition, revitalization, and renewal, and transportation capital projects, Restore Pennsylvania projects will be driven by local input about community needs. Projects identified by local stakeholders will be evaluated through a competitive process to ensure that high-priority, high-impact projects are funded and needs across Pennsylvania are met.
Learn more about what critical infrastructure could be fixed in your community with Restore Pennsylvania.
Source: Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Image: Glen Onoko upper falls pictured on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The Pennsylvania Game Commission, which owns the land, closed the trail leading to the falls on May 1 due to unsafe conditions from erosion and overuse.
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