ShareThis Page
Letter to the editor: Protect Land & Water Conservation Fund | TribLIVE.com
Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Protect Land & Water Conservation Fund

Tribune-Review
| Monday, January 7, 2019 10:00 a.m

I was happy to hear the recent announcement that Hempfield Park received a grant from the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the nation’s cornerstone conservation program, which has preserved and improved parks and open spaces, created new recreational opportunities, and helped revitalize local communities.

Hempfield Park plans include construction of a pavilion, concession stand, comfort station parking area and walkways; installation of playground equipment; and disability access, landscaping and other site improvements.

Unfortunately, Congress allowed the LWCF to expire on Sept. 30. This means that future priority conservation projects in and around Westmoreland County may not happen without LWCF money.

Concerned citizens who want to continue protecting places like Hempfield Park should call on U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb to support permanently reauthorizing the LWCF as quickly as possible.

Jessica Bellwoar

Philadelphia


The writer is a conservation associate with PennEnvironment (pennenvironment.org).


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.