“Representative Adolph is being recognized for his outstanding leadership and support in the advancement of parks, recreation, and conservation in Pennsylvania and specifically for his ongoing support for the Growing Greener program and Key 93 fund,” said Kim Woodward, the organization’s executive director, in a prepared statement.
Other environmental groups, including PennFuture and the Renew Growing Greener Coalition, also praised Adolph for offering an amendment to the state budget which fully restored funding to the Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund, also known as the Key 93 fund.
The governor had proposed to divert $38.6 million in dedicated funds to the general fund. But the state Senate restored half of those dedicated funds, or $19.3 million, in May. And the House restored the remainder of the dedicated funds last week.
“The coalition is extremely pleased with the House vote to restore funding for the Keystone 93 program, which is critical to sustaining our state’s parks, open space and outdoor recreational opportunities,” said Andrew Health, executive director of the coalition, in a prepared statement.
Officials from the coalition and PennFuture also praised state Rep. Greg Vitali, D-166, of Haverford, for voicing concerns about the cuts.