States mull conservation action under shadow of COVID-19

January 11, 2021 Bay Journal
PEC in the News

Fighting climate change, planting more trees and funding environmental progress in tight times will be among the challenges confronting state lawmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania when they gather in January in their respective capitals.

In Pennsylvania, environmental groups will find themselves playing a lot of defense in 2021. After trying in vain for years to get lawmakers to increase funding for cleaning up the state’s rivers and streams — and by extension, the Bay — this year they’re fighting to keep from losing still more funding.

Reducing tax funds that underwrite trails and parks couldn’t come at a worse time, with Pennsylvanians needing the outdoors more than ever because of COVID-19, said John Walliser of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

“We want to amplify the recreation economy in Pennsylvania. It hit home this year when those kinds of places have been one of the few refuges for folks,” Walliser said.

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