Nearly $315 million of the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been invested in Pennsylvania’s outdoor spaces, including Ricketts Glen State Park in Luzerne County.

Sadly, Congress has failed to renew this program, which is scheduled to expire in September. That’s why Rep. Matt Cartwright, of Moosic, recently spoke out to protect this critical program, which protects places like Independence National Historical Park and Cherry Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Monroe County.

As a vice-chairman of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Cartwright urged colleagues to support the continued funding and authorization of the conservation fund. He argued that it plays an integral role in people’s lives as it is “preserving and protecting our precious drinking water... and providing pristine outdoor recreational spaces.”

Pennsylvanians who enjoy the great outdoors should join Cartwright and support the fund.