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How Do Pennsylvanians Value Outdoor Recreation? Survey Says...
Over 12,000 Pennsylvanians helped shape Pennsylvania’s next five-year plan for outdoor recreation. We learned that only half of Pennsylvanians have easy access to water including streams and lakes and two top funding priorities are protecting wildlife and fish habitat and restoring damaged rivers and streams. The plan titled Recreation for All has five priority themes:  health and wellness; recreation for all; sustainable systems; technology; and funding and economic development. The final draft PA State Wide Outdoor Recreation Plan (PDF) is available to the public.

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Pennfuture, and other Our Pocono Waters (OPW) allies will present an educational webinar Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:45pm with special guest DCNR’s Division Chief Diane Kripas to explore this issue. Register for this free educational webinar about Pennsylvania public lands and recreation.

Presenter:  Diane Kripas – Diane serves as the Division Chief of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Conservation Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Partnerships Division.  She leads a division dedicated to fostering partnerships between non-public and public agencies to encourage the protection of Pennsylvania’s outstanding natural resources, developing a statewide network of greenways and trails, and expanding community recreation opportunities.  She is currently leading the development of Pennsylvania’s 2020-2024 PA Outdoor Recreation Plan.  Diane has a BA in Community Recreation from Hood College and a MA in Recreation Administration from Temple University.

Who is Our Pocono Waters

Our Pocono Waters Campaign is made up of a group of community members, businesses, and organizations dedicated to protecting the Exceptional Value streams of the Poconos. 

The Our Pocono Waters Campaign educates citizens, business leaders, and local leaders about the importance of protecting “Exceptional Value” (EV) streams, highlighting the many ways that clean streams and economic development coexist in a region known for its natural beauty and booming tourism industry. While only 2% of PA streams are classified as “Exceptional Value,” 80% of the state’s “EV” streams are in the Poconos, primarily in Monroe, Pike, and Wayne counties.

The Poconos region attracts millions of people to its scenic and natural beauty, as well as to its many local businesses. We are proud of the mutually beneficial relationship that has been built between business and the environment, a relationship that provides for good jobs and wholesome family recreation. But many of our clean, fishable streams are now being threatened by powerful business interests who would rather pollute them than invest in updated technology and engineering practices that would protect our streams. As local business owners, hunters, anglers, hikers, conservationists, and community members, we ask that our clean streams, which support a healthy economy, remain a priority for our community.

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