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Federal Funding Source for Local Parks Set to Expire

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The federal program that helped to fund projects at Callahan Park in Bradford, Evergreen Park in Kane is set to expire at the end of the month if Congress does not vote to reauthorize it.

Ed Perry tells WESB News that the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses royalty payments from offshore oil and gas drilling, and not taxpayer money, has helped pay for 1,500 projects across the state including several others in McKean County.

Perry, who works for the National Wildlife Federation, suggests that people call Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson if they are concerned about the Land and Water Conservation Fund expiring. He says Senator Bob Casey is already in favor of continuing the fund.

The United States’ Land and Water Conservation Fund is a Federal program that was established by Act of Congress in 1965 to provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments for the acquisition of land and water, and easements on land and water.

You can hear more from Ed here:

Phone numbers for three of Sen. Pat Toomey district offices:

Erie
Phone: (814) 453-3010
Fax: (814) 455-9925

Wilkes-Barre
Phone: (570) 820-4088
Fax: (570) 820-6442

Pittsburgh
Phone: (412) 803-3501
Fax: (412) 803-3504

More contact information here: https://www.toomey.senate.gov/?p=contact

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