Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund

The federal Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1964 to safeguard natural areas, preserve water resources and cultural heritage, and provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. Congress failed to pass legislation to reauthorize the fund before the September 30 deadline, but it's not too late to save it. Learn why LWCF matters and what you can do.

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Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level

December 3, 2018
Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level

With new urgency around the unfolding climate crisis, policy discussions at the state level are intensifying. PEC's policy team has an update and analysis on recent and forthcoming proposals to tackle Pennsylvania's carbon emissions. Links: IPCC Special Report on Global Warming, October 20...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #87

November 30, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #87

As voting begins for 2019 Pennsylvania River of the Year, a chat with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper's Carol Parenzan about last year's winner, Loyalsock Creek. Then: plenty of groups and government agencies are working independently to restore Pennsylvania's forest lands. Could they make a bigge...

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Watersheds

Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2019 River of the Year

November 27, 2018
Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2019 River of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2018 CONTACTS: Janet Sweeney, POWR, 570-718-6507 Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-772-9101   Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2019 River of the Year   Harrisburg, PA – The public is invited to again vote online for the 2019 Pennsylvania River of ...

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Watersheds

Reforestation Partnership Takes Root

November 27, 2018
Reforestation Partnership Takes Root

At PEC we believe in “conservation through cooperation”: an ethic of connection, engagement, and close collaboration with partners. By convening a diverse group of stakeholders to focus on a problem we achieve not only a better understanding of the challenges we face, but also a broader rang...

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Watersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #86

November 16, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #86

In working to clean up one of Pennsylvania's most impaired urban watersheds, the members of the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership face a daunting challenge. But the coalition also has a major advantage: a shared recognition that working together is the only way forward. As the initiative pivots to...

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WatershedsPolicy

Volunteers Move Mountains in Susquehanna County

November 15, 2018
Volunteers Move Mountains in Susquehanna County

The site of Barbara Bradford’s home near Canawacta Creek in Lanesboro, Susquehanna County, is as historic as it is picturesque. Built in the 1830s, the stone cottage stands amid the remnants of a small commercial district – complete with blacksmith and livery stable – that once occupied th...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin

November 7, 2018
Standing Up for the Delaware River Basin

An important part of PEC's mission is working with community and watershed groups to strengthen connections to their riverfronts, identify and implement strategies to enhance water quality, and protect and restore waterways. Often this means helping to forge regional trail networks -- aligning r...

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WatershedsPolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #85

November 2, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #85

Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are both on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ list of 20 American cities being recognized for leading the way on climate action, each receiving up to $2.5 million to accelerate existing sustainability work. We talk with the director of Philly’s Office of Sustainability, Chris...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #84

October 19, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #84

Cambria County's business, government, and nonprofit sectors are teaming up with citizens to reinvent the historically flood-ravaged city of Johnstown. We explore Johnstown's evolution through the work of the Vision 2025 initiative and the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape.   ...

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Communities & LandscapesWatersheds

The Long Run

October 18, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82Rm1uIeta0&feature=youtu.be

The morning of October 12 was cold and windy in Cumberland, Maryland, where the Great Allegheny Passage begins. Despite the weather, the ten PEC staffers and friends milling about at the Mile Zero marker were smiling as they awaited the signal that would launch their 149-mile journey north to Pittsb...

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Land Trails

In Upper Bucks, Excitement Builds for Liberty Bell Trail

October 16, 2018
In Upper Bucks, Excitement Builds for Liberty Bell Trail

On October 2, 35 people attended a community outreach session regarding the Liberty Bell Trail, proposed to span ten miles between Telford and Quakertown. As a new PEC Trails Program Coordinator facilitating my first public trail feasibility meeting, I wasn't sure what to expect. But over the co...

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Land Trails

2019 River of the Year Nominations Open

October 8, 2018
2019 River of the Year Nominations Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2018 CONTACT: Janet Sweeney, Pennsylvania Environmental Council PHONE: 570-718-6507 EMAIL: jsweeney@pecpa.org   2019 “River of the Year” Nominations Open   Luzerne – Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations are invited to nominate waterways for...

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Communities & LandscapesWater TrailsWatersheds

Pennsylvania Legacies #83

October 5, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #83

An update on the expired – but not yet extinguished – Land and Water Conservation Fund, and a visit to the 2018 Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition Summit in Morgantown, WV. Links: Save the Land and Water Conservation Fund Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition   ...

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Land Trails

LWCF: The Clock Is Still Ticking

October 2, 2018
LWCF: The Clock Is Still Ticking

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on September 30th, despite widespread bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. That means one of the most successful conservation and recreation programs in our nation’s history now sits idle, unable to build on the more than 1,500 projec...

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Communities & LandscapesWatershedsPolicy

Step Onto the Virtual Well Pad

September 28, 2018
Step Onto the Virtual Well Pad

Pennsylvania has an opportunity to substantially lower emissions of methane from our natural gas industry, the nation's second-largest, simply by requiring better monitoring and quicker response to leaks on well pads. Finding and fixing these leaks will mean significantly reducing the volume of a po...

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Energy & ClimatePolicy

Guardians of History

September 27, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAxVURQy3NQ&feature=youtu.be

For more than a century, freight trains traversing the Redbank Valley passed through the Climax Tunnel. But when the railroad left, the tunnel fell into disrepair. Now, after an extensive restoration project, the Climax Tunnel is open to bike and foot traffic as part of the scenic Redbank Valley Tra...

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Communities & Landscapes

LWCF: Creating Opportunity

September 27, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY_BbFj6RK0&t=13s&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=4

The Land and Water Conservation Fund supports Pennsylvania's thriving outdoor recreation industry, employing Pennsylvanians and generating wealth for communities. Failing to reauthorize LWCF would be a serious blow to our economy. ...

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Communities & Landscapes

LWCF: Healthier Communities

September 25, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDFdyNxgGP8&t=52s&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=3

The Land and Water Conservation Fund makes Pennsylvania communities happier, healthier places to live by supporting development of parks, playgrounds, and greenspace. But without congressional reauthorization, that support could disappear. ...

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Communities & LandscapesPolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #82

September 21, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #82

As time runs out for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, we hit the road to discover how LWCF funding has enhanced parks and public lands across the Commonwealth -- and why it's so urgently important for Congress to reauthorize the Fund before September 30. Links Save the Land ...

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WatershedsPolicy

LWCF: Investing in Conservation

September 18, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1s

Funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps protect wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and preserve open space for Pennsylvanians to enjoy. But those benefits could disappear if Congress doesn't vote to reauthorize the Fund by September 30. ...

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Communities & LandscapesWatershedsPolicy

Pennsylvania Legacies #81

September 7, 2018
Pennsylvania Legacies #81

Without congressional reauthorization, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire on September 30. What would that mean for Pennsylvania? And what can we do about it?   .embed-container {position: relative; padding-bottom: 80%; height: 0; max-width: 100%;} .embed-container ifram...

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Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Conservation Through Cooperation

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

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