(WBRE/WYOU-TV) A popular hiking trail that was recently closed by the game commission in Carbon County for safety reasons was the site of a visit by Governor Tom Wolf. The visit to Glen Onoko Falls was all part of the plan to add a severance tax on natural gas to help pay for park and trail maintenance across the state. It would cost about $4 million dollars to reopen the park to make the trail safe and prevent erosion into the Lehigh River. The state needs about $1 billion dollars for upkeep on parks across the state– and the governor says it’s a plan that should find support from both parties.
“I’m hoping that we take advantage of this opportunity. We’re the only state that doesn’t charge a severance tax and we have these things whether you’re a republican or democrat your constituents are crying out for help. This is a way to do it,” Said Governor Tom Wolf.
The plan called restore pa is the only way the governor believes that the trail can be reopened since other funding is difficult to find.