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

Schuylkill River Town Program Poised to Expand
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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,...

PEC in the News

Montgomery County Commissioners Receive Check Toward Park Maintenance

July 27, 2017NBC10

Montgomery County Commissioners received a check Wednesday to begin a maintenance fund for trailhead signage along the Schuylkill River Trail. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council presented a $2,337.80 check to Montgomery County Commissioners Joe Gale, Valerie Arkoosh, and Ken Lawrence Jr....

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West Rockhill Supports Regional Trail Plan

April 26, 2017News-Herald (Montgomery Co.)

WEST ROCKHILL >> Almost 400 towns, including West Rockhill, are part of the Circuit. A resolution supporting the Circuit Trails and its goal of building 180 more miles of trails by 2025, bringing the Circuit Trails to 500 miles, was...

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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Programs


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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What’s New

Water Trails Mini-Grants Announced
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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
PEC Blog

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
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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...

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...