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Senator Tom Killion (R-9) today announced that he will sponsor Growing Greener III legislation, along with co-sponsors Senator Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) and Senator Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks). The proposal will provide $315 million in annual investments for environmental conservation, recreation, and preservation projects across the Commonwealth.

“The Growing Greener legacy programs have been hugely responsible for improving the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians and protecting our environment,” Killion said.  “I am excited to make sure Growing Greener programs are strong and vibrant long into the future.”

The legislation will represent the recently unveiled Growing Greener III blue print of environmental needs compiled by the Growing Greener Coalition.  The Coalition is composed of more than 200 members and organizations from across the state.  Its mission is to enhance the health and economic well-being of communities across the Commonwealth by advocating for funding to conserve, protect and restore land, water and wildlife, to preserve farms and historic places, and to provide well-managed parks and recreational areas throughout the state.

“This legislation represents the first step in the process—identifying the need and establishing the commitment to support these critical environmental and quality of life programs.  Identifying sustainable funding sources will be the next step in the process that will be achieved through other legislative proposals and negotiations with the administration and all legislative chambers,” added Killion.

Since its inception in 1999, Pennsylvania’s nationally recognized Growing Greener program has funded hundreds of local parks and trail projects; conserved more than 50,000 acres of threatened open space; protected more than 33,500 acres of family farmland; repaired more than 1,600 acres of abandoned mine land; and restored hundreds of miles of streams and waterways.

“I look forward to working with the Growing Greener Coalition and all its partners to ensure the long term vitality of Growing Greener and the Environmental Stewardship Fund in Pennsylvania,” concluded Killion.