Category: Communities & Landscapes
Pennsylvania Legacies #148

Pennsylvania Legacies #148

July 28, 2021By: Lily Jones

It’s one thing for an environmental organization to tout its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s another to live out that commitment at the level of programming and daily activities. On this episode: how Philadelphia’s Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is...

A Laurel Highlands Reunion

A Laurel Highlands Reunion

July 27, 2021By: Luke Babik

Last month in Rector, PA, staff from six state parks around the Laurel Highlands gathered at Powdermill Nature Reserve. The gathering was the first of its kind for the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape since the onset of the pandemic, and...

From Seed to Site

From Seed to Site

June 22, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

PEC’s legacy mine land reforestation initiative exploded in 2021, more than doubling the total number of acres planted since the program first launched. Follow a few of this year’s 122 thousand seedlings on their journey from DCNR’s forest nursery to...

Trail Management Structures in PA

Trail Management Structures in PA

June 3, 2021By: Zhenya Nalywayko

Whenever a new trail project is considered, questions immediately arise about who will own the trail, who will maintain it, and who will be liable for it. When that trail passes through multiple municipalities, which is very common in the...

A Riverfront Community

A Riverfront Community

March 26, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

For over a century the residents of Hazelwood have been cut off from the Monongahela River, even though the historic Pittsburgh neighborhood sits right on its banks. Now there’s a community-driven plan to reconnect the community with the water, while...

Pennsylvania Legacies #137

Pennsylvania Legacies #137

January 29, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

All over the country, consumers want locally grown food. But much of the demand is concentrated in densely populated areas, where farmers have to compete with developers over a finite amount of arable land. Montgomery County has a solution: fully...

Pennsylvania Legacies #135

Pennsylvania Legacies #135

December 21, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

On its 100th anniversary, a new book explores the chain of unlikely historical events that gave us Presque Isle State Park. Authors David Frew and Jerry Skrypzak discuss the book, the Isle, and their hometown of Erie, PA. Pennsylvania Environmental...

Pennsylvania Legacies #133

Pennsylvania Legacies #133

October 23, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

After decades of struggle, Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood is poised for an economic comeback. The long-awaited redevelopment of Hazelwood’s industrial riverfront has rekindled hopes for a brighter future — but the neighborhood’s resident historian says there’s also much to celebrate about,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #131

Pennsylvania Legacies #131

September 25, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

For the better part of a century, the Hazelwood neighborhood was one of Pittsburgh’s most important industrial centers. That all changed with the 1997 closure of the LTV steel plant on the site now known as Hazelwood Green. Now, as...

Pennsylvania Legacies #128

Pennsylvania Legacies #128

August 14, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Like humans, animals need space and the ability to move safely across it. But habitat fragmentation caused by development is disrupting wildlife migration, leading to more frequent and sometimes dangerous encounters with people — and the effects will only intensify...

Local leader Ken Rice receives environmental award

June 27, 2020New Castle News

One of the creators of the Lower East Side Community Garden will receive the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award. “I am surprised to have been nominated,” Ken Rice said. “Let alone chosen.” Rice has helped transform abandoned properties throughout New Castle into sustainable community...