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​Proposed 2021-2022 Budget for DCNR

Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year includes $427 million for DCNR across all funding sources.

DCNR receives about one half of one percent of the state’s General Funds, and in return provides these economic benefits:

  • More than 40-million visits to Pennsylvania state parks each year generate more than $1 billion in economic activity and support more than 12,000 jobs.

  • State forests provide a steady supply of quality timber to the market, supporting thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania’s $17 billion wood products industries.

  • Pennsylvania has more than 6,000 local parks, many of which have been supported through DCNR grants. Local park-related spending creates $1.6 billion annually in economic activity.

  • The outdoor recreation industry in Pennsylvania generates 251,000 direct jobs and amounts to more than $29 billion in consumer spending.

In addition to the General Fund, among DCNR’s funding sources are the Keystone and Environmental Stewardship funds -- often called “Special Funds” -- that support upkeep and improvements for state parks and forests and provide grants to communities to build and improve parks, playgrounds, trails, boat launches, and more.

The legislature will review the Governor’s proposed budget and enact budget bills for the Governor's approval. The current fiscal year ends June 30.

Additional Resources

DCNR Senate Appropriations Committee Testimony - March 9, 2021 (PDF)
DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn’s written testimony for the Senate budget hearing on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.

DCNR 2021-2022 Legislative Budget Hearings Book (PDF) -- (updated March 5, 2021)
DCNR’s Legislative Hearing Book provides documentation for the department’s General Fund appropriations and contains additional details supporting funding received.

DCNR 2021-2022 Budget Hearings Listing of Contracts (PDF)
A contract list shows all contracts and grants more than $5,000.

DCNR 2021-2022 Request for Approval of Federal Funds (PDF)
The Request for Approval of Federal Funds booklet shows all federal appropriations contained in DCNR’s budget.