The 75 conservation organizations making up the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PALTA) honored State Representative Bill Adolph today for his commitment to conservation and leadership in building a legacy of parks and protected green spaces for future generations.
Rep. Adolph, who serves Pennsylvania’s 165th Legislative District and chairs the House Appropriations Committee, demonstrated steadfast leadership during 2012’s state budget deliberations, ensuring that tax revenues dedicated since 1993 to the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and to farmland preservation, continue to serve the long-term conservation needs of the Commonwealth.
PALTA’s Executive Director, Andy Loza, and Chair, Renee Carey, presented the award on behalf of the Association’s 75 member organizations and expressed gratitude for Adolph’s leadership and conviction on conservation issues.
“Bill Adolph is a champion for conservation. He recognizes that public investments in conservation provide continuing benefits for decades and centuries to come,” stated Loza. “His leadership in protecting the integrity of the Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund ensures that present and future Pennsylvanians will have Pennsylvania’s open and scenic landscapes to enjoy and rich recreational opportunities available to them.”
“Bill Adolph not only understands the benefits that parks, trails and open space provide to our communities, he takes action to protect these resources,” stated Carey.
“I sincerely appreciate this honor, and am especially proud to have led the fight with my colleagues to fully restore funding to the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund,” Chairman Adolph gratefully accepted the award. “I think this program is successful because it invests in local communities and helps to improve our economy, environment and quality of life. The Keystone Fund has supported various projects in my region and, more importantly, Commonwealth-wide including libraries; historic preservation; trails; open space conservation; and the construction of park and recreation projects.”
The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, was created through bi-partisan public and legislative support. The Keystone Fund has supported communities in the creation and improvement of 2,600 community parks, 850 trails, and protected over 120,000 acres in the last two decades.
A plaque crafted of Pennsylvania hardwood from the Pennsylvania Wilds memorialized the award and, was presented on Wednesday, November 14 at the Capitol, in the presence of conservation leaders from across the state.
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association seeks to protect Pennsylvania’s special places—the farms, forests, parks and other green spaces that people love—the places that help to ensure healthy, prosperous and secure communities.
For more information, visit ConserveLand.org and KeystoneFund.org.