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

Power of 32+ Regional Trail Network

PEC is at the forefront of leading a five state coalition working to complete and connect a 1,600 mile network of multi-use trails.

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On Transition in Harrisburg

November 10, 2014

Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Last Tuesday brought to an end the 2014 election cycle. In Pennsylvania, the biggest winner is Governor-Elect Tom Wolf. With his win, Wolf now enters the vague time of “transition,” that period of a...

PEC in the News

58th Street Greenway still under construction in Southwest Philadelphia

October 10, 2012PlanPhilly

According to the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), construction on the 58th Street Greenway is about 75 percent complete, but driving along the future greenway in Kingsessing, it still looks like there is a lot of work remaining. The 58th Street...

Policy Posts

ACTION ALERT: Armstrong Trail needs your help

March 8, 2010

BACKGROUND: This rail with trail right-of-way along the Allegheny River in Gilpin and Bethel Townships between Schenley and Ford City was “railbanked” and purchased by the Allegheny Valley Land Trust (AVLT), managers of the Armstrong Trail. For over eight years, the...

Water Trails

Ohiopyle

With only 70 residents, Ohiopyle borough faces unique challenges in providing infrastructure to aid Ohiopyle State Park, which attracts 1.5 million visitors a year.

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Inside News and Policy

What’s New

Press Releases

On Transition in Harrisburg

November 10, 2014

Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Last Tuesday brought to an end the 2014 election cycle. In Pennsylvania, the biggest winner is Governor-Elect Tom Wolf. With his win, Wolf now enters the vague time of “transition,” that period of a...

PEC in the News

Op-Ed: Mitigate the methane

May 18, 2014Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

First, the bad news. There is broad agreement that methane emissions from natural gas development in Pennsylvania and other states are a serious problem. Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas and, absent adequate controls, methane leaks across the natural...

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PEC receives Grant Awards from PA DCNR

January 16, 2012

Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resource (DCNR), the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) will continue important recreational programs across the state. Recently funded programs include PEC’s water trail work, assistance to enhance the Explore...