PEC Testimony: Covid-19 and Outdoor Recreation

PEC was pleased to participate in a Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing today on the growth of outdoor recreation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Frank Maguire, Director of Trails and Recreation, highlighted both PEC’s report on the surge in trail usage as well as the importance of the recreational economy to Pennsylvania – which itself has adapted during these unprecedented times.

The hearing was particularly timely given that the General Assembly will soon be making decisions on the state budget, with potentially drastic implications for state programs that support our trails and public lands. Without question, the pandemic has underscored that these resources are essential.

The hearing will be archived on the Committee’s website.
A copy of our testimony is included below.