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GOV. CASEY PRAISES PENNSYLVANIA TAKE PRIDE IN AMERICA WINNERS

 GOV. CASEY PRAISES PENNSYLVANIA TAKE PRIDE IN AMERICA WINNERS
 HARRISBURG, Pa., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Robert P. Casey today praised the environmental protection efforts of Pennsylvanians who have been named national winners in the U.S. Department of Interior's 1992 "Take Pride in America" competition.
 "All Pennsylvanians will benefit from the work of these volunteers who have given generously of their time and money to preserve and protect our natural environment," Gov. Casey said. "I salute their stewardship and dedication to the betterment of our resources."
 The four Pennsylvania winners are among 100 individuals and organizations who will be honored next month at a ceremony in Washington. The winners were selected from 850 applications submitted from across the United States.
 The "Take Pride in America" program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Interior to foster environmental stewardship and volunteerism, and to increase public awareness about wise management of the nation's natural and cultural resources.
 The competition spotlights activities by individuals, businesses, civic organizations, public agencies and communities involved in caring for public lands and natural resources.
 Pennsylvania holds a "Take Pride in Pennsylvania" competition each year, which is administered by the Department of Environmental Resources (DER). Winners of the state competition are forwarded to the Interior Department for national consideration.
 The national winners from Pennsylvania are:
 -- Kittatinny Canoes Inc., Dingman's Ferry, Pike County: for an annual three-day "On and Under the Delaware River Cleanup," which last year removed more than 10 tons of trash from a 63-mile stretch of the Delaware River. The corporation provided canoes, rafts, camping areas, food, instruction and transportation for more than 300 volunteers. Much of the trash was recycled. Kittatinny Canoes Inc. also was a 1991 "Take Pride in America" award winner.
 -- James W. Johnson of Custer City, McKean County: for founding the Kinzua Bridge Historic Trail and for developing numerous volunteer organizations that involve youth in environmental conservation. More than 4,000 Pennsylvania youth have worked with Johnson to build hiking trails, plant trees, prevent pollution from agricultural runoff and volunteer thousands of hours of service to state parks and forests.
 -- Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Pittsburgh: for preserving more than 160,000 acres of prime natural lands since 1932. The nonprofit organization purchases forested and prime waterfront properties and, in many instances, transfers them at cost to state agencies. Five state parks and thousands of acres of state game and forest lands were once owned by the conservancy.
 -- Damascus Township Recycling Committee, Beach Lake, Wayne County: for establishing drop-off recycling centers in rural areas of the county that allow all residents to participate in the state's mandatory recycling program.
 Nomination forms are now available for the 1993 "Take Pride in Pennsylvania" program from DER's Bureau of State Parks, 2150 Herr St., Harrisburg, Pa., 17103, or telephone 1-800-63-PARKS.
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