Category: Land Trails

Pennsylvania Agency Designates New ‘Wild Areas’

June 29, 2016Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to designate five new “wild areas” in state forests, including the largest roadless area in the commonwealth and the 6,000-acre Quebec Run Wild Area in the Forbes State Forest near Uniontown...

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 [email protected] 717-236-7644 Davitt Woodwell President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council [email protected] 412-481-9400 Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Encourage Dialogue On Ways To Address Needs Of Pennsylvania’s State Parks Marci Mowery,...

Pa. Lawmakers Reject Bill to Open State Parks to Private Development

June 28, 2016Bay Journal

The Pennsylvania House soundly rejected Tuesday legislation that could have led to state parks with privately developed and run hotels and even amusement parks. The proposal failed on a 77-123 vote, despite the sponsor offering a significantly watered down version of...

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....

House Rejects Plan to Study, Pilot Plan to Commercialize State Parks

June 28, 2016Penn Live

The state House on Tuesday rejected a a bill that would encourage privately operated recreational and hospitality development in state parks amid fears it would destroy the natural beauty of these 121 public-owned facilities scattered across 61 of Pennsylvania’s 67...

Should Pennsylvania Allow Water Parks, Golf Courses in State Parks?

June 28, 2016Philly Voice

New Legislation could allow Pennsylvania’s state parks to look more like vacation resorts. House Bill 2013 would pave the way for more private development in state parks. That includes hotels, restaurants, golf courses, amusement and water parks, swimming pools and...

Pa. Legislators Want to Put Golf Courses, Water Slides in State Parks

Pa. Legislators Want to Put Golf Courses, Water Slides in State Parks

June 27, 2016Philadelphia Magazine

Two state representatives want to give Pennsylvania’s parks a makeover. Pa. Representatives Brian Ellis and Jim Christiana are supporting bills that would allow for Pennsylvania’s award-winning state parks to open up to private golf courses, hotels, restaurants, amusement parks and water slides, among...

House Panel Revives Park Development Idea

June 27, 2016The Citizens' Voice

HARRISBURG — House lawmakers are reviving the idea of allowing private developers to build amenities like resort lodges, marinas and golf courses in selected state parks. This idea has been debated on and off in Harrisburg since the 1990s. A...

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...