Trails & Recreation

Pennsylvania was named “Penn’s Woods” for good reason. Over 46,000 square miles of mountains, valleys, and forests abound, laced with sparkling streams and majestic rivers that afford quiet refuge, recreational challenge, and inspiring vistas. The impact of centuries of settlement has created rich and distinctive rural landscapes, as well as vibrant cities and towns that make for authentic and memorable places that inspire exploration.

Experiencing Pennsylvania’s rich resources promotes commitment and engages residents and visitors alike in an ethic of an environmental stewardship. We promote environmental stewardship by promoting the planning and development of trails—on both water and land—that crisscross the Commonwealth to enable access and enjoyment for millions of Pennsylvanians.

With a statewide perspective, PEC facilitates regional partnerships of local governments, agencies, and allied non-profits to envision, plan, and implement trail systems and projects. Our years of experience in professional insight into project planning, design, and development accelerates projects from mere concept to reality.

Land Trails

Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition

PEC is at the forefront of leading a four-state coalition working to complete and connect a 1,400-mile network of multi-use trails.

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Programs

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Inside News and Policy

Experience the 2016 PEC Environment Ride
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Experience the 2016 PEC Environment Ride

In what has now become a summer tradition, PEC hosted the sixth annual Environment Ride from June 3-5. Participants spent the weekend biking through the scenic trails of Southeast Pennsylvania, showcasing the beauty of Doylestown, Bethlehem, and Northern Bucks County...

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What’s New

PEC in the News

Tri-County Rails to Trails to hold annual meeting

January 12, 2017The Courier-Express

BROCKWAY — Brockway finds itself in the unique – and enviable – position of having several trails converge in the community. Those trails could eventually blend with an ambitious effort to create a 1,400-mile Industrial Heartland Rail-to-Trail that will include...

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Trail Connection extends circuit trails in Bucks County

December 22, 2016The Intelligencer

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Bucks County Transportation Management Association hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of a new segment of the Delaware and Lehigh Trail (D&L) in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The celebration took place on Green Lane...

You Know You’re on a Roll ….
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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...

Policy Posts

PEC Comments on State Parks’ Bill Vote

PEC Comments on State Parks’ Bill Vote

June 29, 2016

Contacts: Marci Mowery President, Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation mmowery-ppff@pa.net 717-236-7644 Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council dwoodwell@pecpa.org 412-481-9400 Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Encourage Dialogue On Ways To Address Needs Of Pennsylvania’s State Parks Marci Mowery,...

Even With Amendment, House Bill 2013 Hurts State Parks

Even With Amendment, House Bill 2013 Hurts State Parks

June 28, 2016

Dear Representatives, Senators, and Governor Wolf: House Bill 2013 has been amended (P.N. 3647). Even with this change, the legislation still represents a frontal assault on Pennsylvania’s state park system, and the very reasons that it has been so successful....

PEC Submits Letter to General Assembly in Support of State Parks

PEC Submits Letter to General Assembly in Support of State Parks

June 26, 2016

Dear Governor Wolf and Members of the General Assembly: The General Assembly has before it a bill, H.B. 2013 (P.N. 3575), that calls for the creation of a politically-appointed board to consider proposals for private development in state parks. The...

Water Trails

Schuylkill River Towns

PEC works to improve the environment and economies of river towns along the Schuylkill and help communities reclaim their river.

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Inside News and Policy

PEC Honored with Friend of French Creek Award
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PEC Honored with Friend of French Creek Award

Contact: Alex Oltmanns Date: April 27, 2016 Phone: (412) 481-9400 Email: aoltmanns@pecpa.org Pittsburgh – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) was presented with the Friend of French Creek Award at the French Creek Valley Conservancy’s (FCVC) 2016 awards dinner held at...

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Allegheny is River of the Year in Pennsylvania

March 18, 2017Bradford Era

Among the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania — and a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River — the Allegheny River is the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year. The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers invited the...

Press Releases

POWR announces 2017 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grants Now Available

January 25, 2017

Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) has announced the opening of the 2017 Pennsylvania River Sojourns Grant cycle. Grants are available on a competitive basis for single and multi-day paddling events on Pennsylvania Rivers. Sojourns must...

Policy Posts

PEC Comments on State Parks’ Bill Vote

PEC Comments on State Parks’ Bill Vote

June 29, 2016

Contacts: Marci Mowery President, Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation mmowery-ppff@pa.net 717-236-7644 Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council dwoodwell@pecpa.org 412-481-9400 Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Encourage Dialogue On Ways To Address Needs Of Pennsylvania’s State Parks Marci Mowery,...

Even With Amendment, House Bill 2013 Hurts State Parks

Even With Amendment, House Bill 2013 Hurts State Parks

June 28, 2016

Dear Representatives, Senators, and Governor Wolf: House Bill 2013 has been amended (P.N. 3647). Even with this change, the legislation still represents a frontal assault on Pennsylvania’s state park system, and the very reasons that it has been so successful....

PEC Submits Letter to General Assembly in Support of State Parks

PEC Submits Letter to General Assembly in Support of State Parks

June 26, 2016

Dear Governor Wolf and Members of the General Assembly: The General Assembly has before it a bill, H.B. 2013 (P.N. 3575), that calls for the creation of a politically-appointed board to consider proposals for private development in state parks. The...