Getting Started…Making Choices
“We must not only protect the countryside and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities… Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once a man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted…”
Pennsylvania is a tapestry of communities, rich in character, charm, independence and a strong allegiance to the landscape. The communities are shaped by our rich history, hardworking people and bountiful natural resources. The forests, rivers, mountains, soils, geology, wildlife and weather all are important in defining our communities and shaping our perception of “place.” This is our state. These are our counties. This is our community. People, space and environment are critical in defining our perceptions, attitudes, values and worldviews. We are shaped by our communities. In turn, we have a great responsibility in guiding the future of our communities.
Pennsylvanians stand at a critical crossroad facing unprecedented pressures on the use of our land…the natural, historic and cultural resources of our changing communities. The choices that we make for our communities and our natural resources will ultimately impact the future of Pennsylvania for generations to come. The future is in the hands of citizens who will realize the power and value of local government and the importance of active community leadership and stewardship. It is the responsibility of each citizen to guide their communities toward a sustainable future. It is not only important to educate municipal officials but to focus on opportunities to empower every citizen and educate every student about land conservation and sustainable communities.