News Eagle reporterGovernor Corbett participated in a two-day kayak tour on the Upper Delaware River through Wayne, Pike and Monroe Counties to promote Pennsylvania’s natural resources and to learn about the critical waterway. He spent time on the water as well as visiting the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, Masker Museum in Promised Land State Park, and Shawnee Inn.?He was joined on the water by Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Rick Allan, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Michael Krancer and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway.?During his visit to Promised Land State Park he was joined by the above listed individuals as well as State Representative Michael Peifer, Promised Land State Park Manager Alex Stout, Delaware Forest District Manager Brad Elison and Paul Lyskava of the Forest Products Association.Showcase resources“It’s a great opportunity for me to showcase the park and it’s a great time for the Governor to visit us and I just want to thank everyone for their cooperation and their efforts to make this day possible,” says Alex Stout, Promised Land State Park Manager.?“We’re very fortunate to have a governor who is so dedicated to learning and experiencing everything that our great resources have here in Pennsylvania,” says Rick Allan, DCNR Secretary. “We’re very fortunate to have so much as far as recreation, as far as trails, hiking, biking, river trails, which we are taking great advantage doing our kayaking. It highlights the fact that we have all of this at our fingertips in Pennsylvania throughout the state with our 120 parks and our 20 forest districts. This provides an affordable avenue for recreation and it also helps with a better, healthy lifestyle for our citizens. It never ceases to amaze me what we have out there.”?He says that an average of 38 million people who come to the parks every year.?“It tells us that we’re doing something right,” Allan states. “We’re also supporting economic development and tourism. When we partner with the community surrounding our assets as far as park and forest and recreation facilities, we’re helping the local communities. For every dollar we put into our state parks there’s a $12 return to the local economy. That translates into about a billion dollars a year. Of that billion dollars about a fourth of it is from out of state visitors...”?He then provided Governor Corbett with a DCNR shirt and a forestry badge. Alex Stout then stamped his passport, marking all of the parks he visits. Stout also provided the Governor with a Pennsylvania white pine tree, a sticker from Promised Land State Park.?“One of the privileges as Governor that you get to do is to travel across Pennsylvania and see what a beautiful state we have,” says Governor Tom Corbett. “You can’t help but marvel at the beauty of Pennsylvania. We really are Penn’s Woods. Starting from the Delaware River, going over to the Ohio line, from New York to Maryland and Delaware, we are absolutely a gorgeous state and a great destination state for many of those who are looking for some place to live and looking for some place to enjoy nature.?“We had a great time on the Delaware today. We got a little wet but the water was warm, a little shallow, a couple times we had to get out and walk, but that’s part of the adventure and the fun of going out there...Sees area for himself“When decisions are being made back in Harrisburg and we’re talking to State Reps, when Mike comes up and talks about this area, I have a much better relationship and understanding of the area, but also the needs of the area, so that those decisions made can reach a great deal of trying to reach a balance between the different interests that everybody has. People see things differently and we have to reach some common ground. That’s exactly how I look at it in making my decisions.?“You get to see the great work that the men and women who live and work here did, the seasonal employees, the volunteers who are there instructing. The ability for a park like this to provide a place for people from all over the United States, in particular the eastern United States and eastern Pennsylvania, to come and learn about nature and our past and where our future may be going. The opportunity today to go through the former headquarters of the Civil Conservation Corp. (CCC), something you learned about in the history book in grade school and high schools, and the purpose of it, and to see exact what those young men did in making some of the pavilions here, is really helpful to me...?“Finally, the economic impact that you do, is what we’re trying to do in Pennsylvania is build the economy. If we can invest more, if we can grow the economy and grow the revenues so we can invest more, we’re going to see more coming back. That is certainly a goal now that we are starting to get our fiscal house in order.”?This was Governor Corbett’s second kayak tour this summer. He kayaked the Allegheny and Conemaugh rivers in July, visiting Forest, Venango and Warren Counties, Johnstown and Pittsburgh. The trips have become tradition since last summer when he promoted the importance of preserving and conserving our natural resources while traveling the Susquehanna River.