For Immediate Release: December 20, 2012
PA Growing Greener Coalition Points to Newly Released Survey as Clear Evidence of Strong Public Support for State Conservation and Recreation Funding
(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition today pointed to a newly released statewide survey as clear evidence of strong public support for state funding to preserve farmland and open space, provide parks and trails and protect rivers and streams.
The survey, conducted between Oct. 1 and Nov. 4 by the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg, showed overwhelming public support for both continuing existing dedicated state funding for conservation and recreation, as well as increasing state funding to protect land, water and wildlife. The survey questions were commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land.
“The results of this survey send a clear message that conservation funding is of utmost importance to the vast majority of Pennsylvanians,” said Andrew Heath, executive director of the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition. “The Coalition is pleased to find such strong public support for our mission to continue and increase dedicated funding for programs that protect our natural resources and historic treasures.”
Overall, the survey found that more than 92 percent of the 608 Pennsylvanians surveyed think that state funds dedicated to preserving farmland and open space, providing parks and trails and protecting rivers and streams should continue to be used for these purposes.
In addition, the survey found that nearly 78 percent of respondents support increasing state funds to conserve and protect open space, clean water, natural areas, wildlife habitats, parks, historic sites, forests and farms even it if would cost the average household $10 more annually. Further, these high levels of support are constant throughout every geographic region and every gender, ethnic, educational and economic demographic throughout the state.
“In a difficult economic climate, it is remarkable that support for conservation funding enjoys such strong public support at every level. This clearly demonstrates that continued and increased conservation and recreation funding is in line with what Pennsylvanians value,” said Heath.