Daily Local News: Costello forms conservation caucus
As published in the Daily Local News
WEST CHESTER >> Following in his predecessor’s footsteps, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello recently took steps to focus attention on land conservation measures across the country.
Joining with a fellow congressman from Chester County, U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts, and two Democratic congressmen, Costello, R-6th, of West Chester formed the bipartisan Land Conservation Caucus.
The caucus, with U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-3, of Portland, Ore., and U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-5, of St. Helena, Calif., is designed to foster conversation about federal policies – both active and proposed – that would impact public access to open space and federal lands, Costello said in a news release. One particular area of focus will be on the strong partnerships developed through federal, competitive grant programs with local land conservation organizations.
“In Southeastern Pennsylvania, the conservation and security of public lands like the Susquehanna and Delaware River Basins, the Schuylkill River National Heritage Area, the Highlands, and the Valley Forge National Historic Park is a top priority of mine. Preserving these lands so that future generations can enjoy them is a priority,” said Costello.