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LWCF: Investing in Conservation

September 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1sVideo...

Pennsylvania Legacies #81: LWCF’s Last Stand

Pennsylvania Legacies #81: LWCF’s Last Stand

September 7, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

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?   Links Map: LWCF sites in Pennsylvania Outdoor Industry Association Audio Outdoorist (OIA...

Video: Ticket to Ride

Video: Ticket to Ride

August 20, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

You’ve heard of rails-to-trails… why not rails and trails? NEPA Trails Forum takes a ride on the historic Stourbridge Line through the northern Poconos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Cxl2jls9M&t=2sVideo can’t be loaded: Ticket to Ride (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Cxl2jls9M&t=2s)

Trolleys to Trails

Trolleys to Trails

August 8, 2018By: Lizzie Hessek

In 1912, the Lehigh Valley Transit Company’s Liberty Bell trolley connected Norristown and Philadelphia with Allentown. By the 1950s, passengers catching the Liberty Bell in Allentown could reach Norristown in two hours after rolling (sometimes at 80 miles per hour)...

Call of the Wilds

Call of the Wilds

July 19, 2018By: Davitt Woodwell

The Wilds are calling! So are the Poconos, the Laurel Highlands, the D&L Trail, Lake Erie’s shorelines, Lake Wallenpaupack, the Schuylkill River Trail, the Three Rivers, and everywhere else in Pennsylvania that gives you the opportunity to get out. Why...

Pennsylvania Legacies #77: Champions of Sustainability

Pennsylvania Legacies #77: Champions of Sustainability

July 13, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

On this episode: how the Super Bowl LII Champion Philadelphia Eagles became the greenest team in pro sports, plus news from the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape.     Links: Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape 2018 Philadelphia Environmental Partnership Dinner Philadelphia Eagles...

Video: Tunnel Vision

Video: Tunnel Vision

June 29, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

The Climax Tunnel was built in the 1870s and remained in use by the Allegheny Valley Railroad until 2010, when the 51-mile Driftwood Low-Grade Corridor was acquired and transformed into a multi-use trail. The years had not been kind. The...

Pennsylvania Legacies #75: Good Advice

Pennsylvania Legacies #75: Good Advice

June 15, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

The PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has received national recognition for the work of its Trails Advisory Committee. A conversation with committee chair Andy Hamilton, and news about DCNR’s plans for confronting climate change, on this episode. Links:...

Conservation Ambassadors on the Wing

Conservation Ambassadors on the Wing

May 31, 2018By: Cindy Fergsuon

On Saturday, May 12, seventy teams from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, Maryland and as far away as South Africa, Israel and England, raised binoculars in NJ Audubon’s 35th annual World Series of Birding (WSB). What a day it...

Pennsylvania Legacies #73: The Science of Leadership

Pennsylvania Legacies #73: The Science of Leadership

May 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Technology is a powerful tool, but it’s not enough to confront the most complex environmental challenges — you also need foresight, strategy, cooperation, patience, and above all, leadership. Jared Cohon has exemplified all of these qualities and more during his...

Return of the Osprey

Return of the Osprey

April 5, 2018By: Cindy Fergsuon

He returned March 19 and she returned on the 24th. And with that, the 22nd nesting season of our resident osprey pair began. This pair is emblematic of the conservation success story of the species. But they also hold a...

A Round of Applause

A Round of Applause

March 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Every spring, PEC and Dominion Energy honor organizations and individuals from western Pennsylvania who are leading the way on environmental innovation and stewardship in their communities. This year an independent panel of expert judges reviewed dozens of nominations, ultimately awarding...

A Higher Ladder: Next Steps for the Circuit Trails

A Higher Ladder: Next Steps for the Circuit Trails

February 26, 2018By: Patrick Starr

A trail experience to a cyclist or hiker should be seamless, continuous. Yet the process of trail development is anything but. It’s messy, involving years of conceptual planning, obtaining right-of-way either by acquisition or access easement, engineering design, and construction....

Pennsylvania Legacies #67: Building Nature-Rich Cities

Pennsylvania Legacies #67: Building Nature-Rich Cities

February 23, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Author and advocate Richard Louv has been writing for years about the connection between human health and our relationship to the outdoors. He joins us with a preview of his upcoming Philadelphia appearance as part of Tookany-Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership’s “Nature...

Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

Pennsylvania Legacies #65: Success Story

January 26, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Since its inception in 1993, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund has made possible the creation or improvement of thousands of community assets – everything from trails and green space to libraries and historic sites. In honor of the...

Pennsylvania Legacies #62: On Target

Pennsylvania Legacies #62: On Target

December 1, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan is taking shape. But how will the city achieve its vision of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by mid-century? PEC’s Lindsay Baxter, who authored the original version of the plan in 2008, joins us. Also:...

Pennsylvania Legacies #61: No Obstacle Too Great

Pennsylvania Legacies #61: No Obstacle Too Great

November 17, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

After months of training in state and county parks around central Pennsylvania, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is ready for the grueling Spartan World Championship obstacle race next month in Reykjavik, Iceland. We talk with Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog about the...

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

A Day of Discovery on the Delaware

October 19, 2017By: Patrick Starr

I’ve been trekking in various vessels on the Delaware River since 2000, and never before have I learned so much as I did late last month when I joined the Upstream Alliance (aka Don Baugh and family) on a 3-day...

Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

October 17, 2017By: Laura Bray

In early October, a group of 18 appointed citizen members of the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC) spent three days touring the region known for outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Drawing from diverse experiences and perspectives, council members...

Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

October 13, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

With more than a million visitors a year, the Great Allegheny Passage is one of Pennsylvania’s biggest trail development success stories. A group of state and local government officials rode the GAP this fall, along with community and business leaders...

More Low-Hanging Fruit for the Circuit Trails?

More Low-Hanging Fruit for the Circuit Trails?

October 6, 2017By: Patrick Starr

To build 500 miles of the Circuit by 2025, we need to accelerate the build “rate” of trails. Illustrating how this is a collaboration amongst Circuit Trails partners, this week Julie Slavet, Robin Irizarry, and Frankie Lazauskas of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF) led...

Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

September 29, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is providing muscle for scores of recreation and conservation projects statewide. But the program is also doing something else that’s arguably even more important: cultivating a diverse new generation of citizen-stewards and future conservation professionals. DCNR...

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

Pennsylvania Legacies #54: True Colors

September 15, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Lawmakers took another step this week toward what would be the biggest reduction in state funding for local environment and energy projects in Pennsylvania history. We’ll get an update from the state capitol. Then, fall foliage season is getting off...

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

August 28, 2017By: Laura Bray

It was a mix of business suits and biking shorts at the Marilla Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Industrial Heart Land Coalition (IHTC) held its quarterly meeting on Thursday, August, 24th. Trail representatives from Parkersburg to the PA Wilds...

The Power of Collaboration

The Power of Collaboration

August 28, 2017By: Laura Bray

It was a mix of business suits and biking shorts at the Marilla Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC) held its quarterly meeting on Thursday, August, 24th. Trail representatives from Parkersburg to the PA Wilds...

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Boating with Bowie

August 24, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

What’s the connection between kayaking, the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion, and David Bowie? The Mon River Towns initiative and Venture Outdoors co-hosted the Rebel Rebel Float Trip on August 6th, 2017. The outing received funding through the Pennsylvania River Sojourn Program...

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced

August 3, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

When the Pennsylvania Water Trails Partnership released its Strategic Plan for the Water Trails Program in 2016, it recommended the development of new funding opportunities for water trail managers across the State. To that end, PEC worked closely with DCNR,...

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand

July 31, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

Led by local volunteers and guided by a new toolkit PEC helped to create, the four-year-old Schuylkill River Town Program is about to enter an exciting new phase. Launched in 2013, the program initially focused on Conshohocken, Norristown, and Phoenixville,...

Paddling Through History

Paddling Through History

July 25, 2017By: Lizzie Hessek

Along its 47-mile journey to the Allegheny River, Oil Creek winds through the heart of Pennsylvania’s historic Oil Region, birthplace of the commercial oil industry. Here, the world’s first large-scale petroleum production operations began shortly after the discovery of vast crude oil reserves along the Oil...

PEC Rides Again

PEC Rides Again

June 9, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Ride along with the cyclists and support team on the 2017 PEC Environment Ride. https://youtu.be/BVKhC2HyOCUVideo can’t be loaded: PEC Rides Again (https://youtu.be/BVKhC2HyOCU)

2017 International Trails Symposium

2017 International Trails Symposium

May 12, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

PEC staff were among more than 600 trail professionals from 17 countries and 41 states gathered in Dayton, Ohio May 7-10 for the 2017 International Trails Symposium. https://youtu.be/INR1DovtsX8Video can’t be loaded: 2017 International Trails Symposium (https://youtu.be/INR1DovtsX8)

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

May 8, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Students in the University of Scranton’s “Extreme Physiology” program learn about the physiological effects of different training environments by experiencing them firsthand. A new four-week summer course offering has participants hiking, biking, and paddling through the often rugged terrain of northeastern Pennsylvania to earn elective credits in...

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

May 6, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The Montour Woods Conservation Area outside Pittsburgh is a time capsule, studded with remnants of the area’s agricultural and industrial past. It’s also part of the pathway to a future when public parks and greenspaces across the region will be...

Pennsylvania Legacies #33: A Bridge Too Far

Pennsylvania Legacies #33: A Bridge Too Far

April 7, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

A 250-foot gap in Carbon County has been holding back the Delaware & Lehigh Trail for years, earning a spot on DCNR’s top-ten list of critical trail gaps statewide… until now. Wednesday’s groundbreaking brought the 25-year planning phase of the...

IHTC: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

IHTC: Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

April 4, 2017By: Debra Frawley

Building a Destination Trails are community assets that attract people to visit our region and make it easier for residents to be active for recreation and exercise. They provide views of scenic river expanses and dramatic cliff faces, offering city-dwellers...

Pennsylvania Legacies #32: It Takes A Village

Pennsylvania Legacies #32: It Takes A Village

March 31, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Little by little, Philadelphia is building a 750-mile regional trail system. As the Circuit Trails Coalition celebrates spring with new trail openings, we get to know one of the many small groups that are accomplishing big things by working together....

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

January 27, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The state’s Conservation Landscapes program is poised to expand in 2017 with the creation of a new landscape area in western PA. We’ll learn about the new “Glacier’s Edge” landscape from program manager Marla Papernick on this week’s show.

You Know You’re on a Roll ….

You Know You’re on a Roll ….

December 16, 2016By: Patrick Starr

Today, 35 people stood for an hour in 20 degree cold to celebrate the completion of another 1200 feet (.25 miles) of the Circuit Trails!  Crazy?  Maybe, but I’d say you know you’re on a roll when municipal officials and...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 7: Gabi Hughes

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Gabi Hughes, an environmental educator at the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, joins the podcast to discuss what led her to environmental education, her experience in the profession, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 6: Elena Meth

September 20, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Elena Meth, an environmental studies/sociology and anthropology double major at Denison University joins the podcast to discuss how she developed her passion for the environment, her collegiate studies, the next generation of environmental stewards, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room...

Talking Trails at the 2016 Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit

Talking Trails at the 2016 Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways and Trails Summit

September 15, 2016By: Tony Spagnoli

PEC provides an inside look at the 2016 Eastern Pennsylvania Greenways & Trails Summit in Bethlehem, Pa. A two-day event from Sept. 14-15, the Summit featured speakers, mobile workshops, and numerous breakout sessions on various greenways and trails topics. Click here...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 5: Andy Hamilton

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 5: Andy Hamilton

September 13, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Andy Hamilton, Mid Atlantic Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, Vice Chair of the September 11 National Memorial Trail Board, and Chair of DCNR’s Trail Advisory Committee joins the podcast to discuss Pennsylvania trail projects. Hamilton highlights work on the...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 4: Don Hopey

September 6, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette environmental reporter Don Hopey joins the podcast to discuss the state of environmental journalism, how he got started in the industry, and much more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first three episodes featuring PEC’s John...

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 2: Steve Craig

“Pennsylvania Legacies” Episode 2: Steve Craig

August 23, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

Lawrence County Commissioner Steve Craig joins the podcast to discuss the county’s development, planning issues and how they’ve evolved over the last 20 years, and more. Visit PEC’s Audio Room to listen to the podcast’s first episode featuring John Walliser,...

Extreme Physiology Class Connects Students to Outdoors

Extreme Physiology Class Connects Students to Outdoors

August 22, 2016By: Janet Sweeney

Hiking along the Frost Hollow Trail in Lackawanna State Park my husband Terry and I found ourselves discussing ways to attract the region’s college students to the enriching outdoor opportunities available in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Terry, Professor and Chair of the...

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

Introducing “Pennsylvania Legacies”

August 15, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

In our continuing efforts to increase environmental and conservation stewardship across the Commonwealth, PEC is pleased to present our first podcast series (the term “PEC-Cast” has even been suggested). Titled “Pennsylvania Legacies,” these conversations, hosted by Davitt Woodwell, are meant...

Busman’s Holiday

Busman’s Holiday

July 11, 2016By: Davitt Woodwell

While we work on a wide variety of environmental and conservation issues at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, our largest single area of focus is on trails and outdoor recreation. Why? Because through this work we connect people to natural resources; encourage...

Together We Lead: PEC Attends National Bike Summit

Together We Lead: PEC Attends National Bike Summit

March 28, 2016By: Tony Spagnoli

The 2016 National Bike Summit & Women’s Forum is the premier bicycle advocacy event of the year. Hosted annually in Washington D.C., the Summit has shown real impact in leveraging increased investments in bicycling at the federal, state, and local...

Quarterly Trail Forum Showcases Partnership

Quarterly Trail Forum Showcases Partnership

February 22, 2016By: Tony Spagnoli

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the quarterly Northeast Pennsylvania Trail Forum was held Feb. 12 at the Bear Creek Reserve, just southwest of Wilkes-Barre. Every four months the Trail Forum meets at a new location in upstate Pennsylvania to...

2015 Greenways and Trails Summit a Big Success Yet Again

2015 Greenways and Trails Summit a Big Success Yet Again

October 7, 2015By: Frank Maguire

A chance to share new ideas, progress reports, and challenges facing the world of trails throughout the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society brings together trail builders, planners, advocates, and managers for the Greenways and Trails Summit every other...

Schuylkill River Trail Named Best Urban Trail in the Nation

Schuylkill River Trail Named Best Urban Trail in the Nation

September 3, 2015By: Tony Spagnoli

Local lawmakers and environmental officials gathered Wednesday along the banks of the Schuylkill River to celebrate the Schuylkill River Trail’s distinction as the “best urban trail” in the nation, according to a poll by USA TODAY. USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice...

More Major Funding Announced for Delaware Valley Trails

More Major Funding Announced for Delaware Valley Trails

July 20, 2015By: Tony Spagnoli

Just as the Fourth of July weekend was about to start, residents of the Delaware Valley had another reason to celebrate. On July 2 the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) announced it had voted unanimously to support the dedication...

Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed

Taking Action in the Wissahickon Watershed

May 19, 2015By: Patrick Starr

The Wissahickon Creek is truly a watershed in crisis! As a result, The Friends of the Wissahickon and the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association hosted “A Creek in Crisis” last Wednesday at Germantown Academy. Attracting more than 200 concerned residents, the...

A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania

A Busy Time for Water in Southeast Pennsylvania

May 12, 2015By: Susan Myerov

Spring has been quite the busy season for PEC as we continue work with our watershed partners in the Southeast portion of the state. We facilitate the Upstream Suburban Philadelphia Cluster, one of eight regional clusters within the broader Delaware...

The Next Wave in Paddling: Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Docks

The Next Wave in Paddling: Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Docks

March 3, 2015By: Amy Camp

The overarching goal of PEC’s Water Trails program is to allow more Pennsylvanians to enjoy the natural water resources that abound in the Commonwealth. To do that, we work with our stewardship partners to lower the barrier to entry. Barriers...

PEC Teams Up With American Trails To Host Water Trail Stewardship Webinar

PEC Teams Up With American Trails To Host Water Trail Stewardship Webinar

February 2, 2015By: Amy Camp

Environmental stewardship is central to PEC’s work, so it’s no surprise that we recently found ourselves co-hosting a stewardship webinar attended by people from 24 states and three Canadian provinces. The webinar, titled Protect What You Love: Water Trail Ambassador...

Building Trails the PEC Way

December 22, 2014By: Patrick Starr

PEC’s trail work makes for a lot of great partners. Building a trail, especially a multi-use trail that is safe for kids and families, is real work! My week started with the determined Mayor DiGirolamo, leader of Bensalem Township, PA’s...