House Bill HB218 cuts DCNR funding: Call your Senator NOW!


The House budget bill (HB218) passed and moved to the State Senate for consideration. We are very concerned with the impact of present provisions on our partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and on our community. For the specifics see the highlighted outline below. However we can tell you that without this funding Lancaster and York Counties would not have the Northwest River Trail, the Enola Low Grade, the Columbia Crossings building, the Tree Vitalize Program that makes our cities greener, and all the efforts to improve recreation and conservation throughout  Lancaster and York Counties would be compromised.

Over the past 10 years DCNR has provided tens of millions of dollars in partnership with local groups like The Conservancy and municipalities to protect critical lands, build recreational trails and support facilities, and stimulate economic growth. These efforts are paying off. Just visit the Columbia Crossings building on any given weekend, take a hike on a trail, stroll through Marietta, Columbia, and Wrightsville, or rent a kayak from an outfitter whose business is tied to recreation.

DCNR has professional, hardworking staff who have provided enumerable hours of work to enhance our lives and the lives of our children. Please reach out to your State Senator and ask them to remove the cuts to DCNR funding from HB 218. Tell them your story.

Tell them how much you enjoy and benefit from the efforts of DCNR.

Tell them today. Read on for all the contact information you need to contact your Senator TODAY!

  • HB 218 makes a $2.8 million (6.5%) cut to DCNR’s budget, a damaging hit to an agency that receives only one half of one percent of the state’s general funds, yet provides significant economic returns to the Commonwealth. Already operating on a bare budget with significant staff reductions, these additional cuts will force DCNR to seasonally reduce operations in parks and forests (early closures, late openings, fewer services) like Susquehannock State Park; make cuts to grant programs that support recreation and conservation efforts, including the potential elimination of the trails program; reduce fire-fighting and gypsy moth support, and more.


  • And, if the legislature fails to replace the hole left by HB 218’s elimination of the bond proposal (PERF), an additional $25.6M would be cut from the agency’s budget and would dramatically alter the way the agency functions. This would result in state park closures; trail and other program elimination and more. DCNR would no longer be able to fulfill its mission.



Scott Martin (District 13)

Senate Box 203013 
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3013
Room: 183 Main Capitol
(717) 787-6535    
48-50 W. Chestnut Street 
Suite 308 
Lancaster, PA 17603 
(717) 397-1309


Ryan P. Aument (District 36)

Senate Box 203036 
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3036
Room: 15 East Wing
(717) 787-4420 
FAX: (717) 783-3156
301 East Main Street 
Lititz, PA 17543 
(717) 627-0036 
FAX: (717) 627-1389


Mike Regan (District 31)

Harrisburg, PA 17120-3031
Room: 460 Main Capitol
(717) 787-8524 

1 East Harrisburg Street 
Dillsburg, PA 17019 
(717) 432-1730 
FAX: (717) 432-1733

2151 Market Street 
Camp Hill, PA 17011 
(717) 975-1985

Scott Wagner (District 28)

Senate Box 203028 
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3028
Room: 9 East Wing
(717) 787-3817 
FAX: (717) 783-1900
218 North George Street 
York, PA 17401 
(717) 846-2828 
FAX: (717) 852-8478

Mike Folmer (District 48)

Senate Box 203048 
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3048
Room: 337 Main Capitol
(717) 787-5708 
(877) 222-1897 
FAX: (717) 787-3455
400 S. 8th Street 
101 Municipal Building 
Lebanon, PA 17042 
(717) 274-6735 
FAX: (717) 274-7702

Richard L. Alloway II (District 33)

Senate Box 203033 
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3033
Room: 172 Main Capitol
(717) 787-4651 
FAX: (717) 772-2753
37 South Main Street 
Suite 200 
Chambersburg, PA 17201 
(717) 264-6100 
FAX: (717) 264-3652


Thank you for your continued Support. Thank you for standing up for the well being of our communities!

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