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DCNR Proposed 2022-23 Budget

Governor Tom Wolf’s 2022-23 proposed budget provides additional support for DCNR’s conservation and recreation mission. The proposed DCNR budget total from all revenue sources is $638 million -- which is up about $162 million.

It includes an additional 31 staff positions and provides the ability to accept and spend $135 million in recovery funds as part of the envisioned Growing Greener III.

The proposed increase in funding would allow DCNR to improve recreation experiences and address critical conservation needs, including clean water projects and mitigating climate change.

Strengthening Safe Recreation for All

As part of the work to make Pennsylvania a leader in outdoor recreation, new positions and funding will help DCNR strengthen its core operations to respond to unprecedented participation in outdoor recreation and a surge in visitations, and increased demands to uphold public safety and resource protection.

This work will include building the needed staff capacity and equipment to develop and maintain new and existing ATV trails and recreational areas; and adding rangers who will work on a landscape scale to improve public safety.

Increasing Climate Resiliency

As Pennsylvania’s conservation leader, DCNR is acting to ensure a commonwealth that is resilient to a changing climate. The budget proposal would support:

  • Safe and Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Hiring additional staff in electrical, civil, and stormwater engineering to ensure adequate capacity in maintaining and improving the agency’s infrastructure, for public safety, climate resiliency, and increased use and demand.

  • Carbon Capture and Storage: Adding staff to the Bureau of Geological Survey to advance carbon capture and storage and assist the commonwealth in leveraging federal funding opportunities.

  • Forest Pests: An additional $5 million to combat invasive pests, most of which do better in a warmer climate and impact species that are already vulnerable due to climate change.

Expanding Operational Capacity

DCNR requires additional capacity to support existing operations and initiatives, including an ever-growing outdoor recreation economy; building on the success of our workforce initiatives; and managing commonwealth natural, cultural, and historical resources.

Addressing Infrastructure Needs and Resource Protections

Governor Wolf’s proposal is to invest $450 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act funds for a new round of enhanced Growing Greener funding -- $135 million is proposed for DCNR.

This initiative builds on more than 20 years of Growing Greener conservation, neighborhood parks, and recreation support; and clean water projects across Pennsylvania, including within the Chesapeake Bay. It includes investments to:

  • Reduce the maintenance backlog in state parks and forests
  • Protect open space
  • Increase rural and urban forest canopy
  • Provide funds for recreational trails and local parks
  • Clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds
  • Support farmers in their efforts to protect soil and water resources
  • Increase the number of farmland preservation projects
  • Help communities address land use
  • Provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems.

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.

DCNR 2022-23 Budget Resources

DCNR Senate Appropriations Budget Hearing Testimony - March 2, 2022 (PDF)

DCNR 2022-2023 Legislative Budget Hearings Book (PDF)
DCNR’s Legislative Budget Hearings Book provides documentation for the department’s General Fund appropriations and contains additional details supporting funding received.

DCNR 2022-2023 Budget Hearings Listing of Contracts (PDF)
DCNR 2022-23 Budget Hearings Final Listing of Contracts (XLSX)
A contract list shows all contracts and grants more than $5,000.

DCNR 2022-2023 Request for Approval of Federal Funds (PDF)
The Request for Approval of Federal Funds booklet shows all federal appropriations contained in DCNR’s budget.