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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...

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Down in the dumps: Poconos seeing rash of illegal dumping

May 7, 2020Pocono Record

Despite the stay-at-home order that has kept Pennsylvanians cooped up for the past month, reports of littering and illegal dumping have increased drastically across the commonwealth, including Monroe County. … Janet Sweeney, director of Keep Northeastern Pennsylvania Beautiful and Vice...

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Oneness to honor founder of the community garden

March 7, 2020New Castle News

Like the single seed that produces a plant full of vegetables, Ken Rice is a grower of community. His efforts along those lines will be recognized at Oneness, an event celebrating unity amid diversity scheduled for March 29 at the...

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New sign caps recent improvements at North Huntingdon nature preserve

December 13, 2019Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Volunteers from Jeannette’s Elliott Group lent a hand this week as the Westmoreland Land Trust installed an updated sign at the entrance of its nature preserve along Ardara Road in North Huntingdon. The sign joins other recent improvements at the...

Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Applications Open
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Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Applications Open

November 26, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 16, 2019   Contact: Marla Meyer Papernick, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Phone: 412-389-0178 Email: [email protected]   Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant Program Applications Open   Pittsburgh— The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has been awarded a grant from...

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DCNR grants awarded to Cambria, Somerset counties

November 15, 2019Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown)

EBENSBURG – Hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grants awarded recently will fund efforts to develop trails, improve parks and support conservation efforts in Cambria and Somerset counties, two state legislators said Thursday. State Rep. Frank Burns, D-East Taylor...

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$500k in grants announced to help maintain area parks and trails

November 14, 2019WJAC-TV (Johnstown)

HARRISBURG Pa (WJAC) — Rep. Frank Burns announced Thursday that Cambria County will benefit from several state grants aimed to protect recreational parks and trails in the area. A total of $500,000 in grant money will be divided up among...

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A buzz in the valley

November 11, 2019Keystone Edge

Listen as you walk through the towns on the Monongahela River. You’ll hear some traffic, an airplane or two, kayak paddles pulling through the water, an occasional motorboat. But what you’ll hear above all those pedestrian sounds is one you...

NEPA Environmental Partners Awards Announced
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NEPA Environmental Partners Awards Announced

August 14, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2019 NEWS FROM: Northeast Environmental Partners CONTACT: Angela Vitkoski, Pennsylvania Environmental Council PHONE: 570-718-6507 EMAIL: [email protected]   NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCE AWARDS DINNER & AWARD RECIPIENTS   Luzerne – The Northeast Environmental Partners, which...

Crown Jewels Of The Commonwealth
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Crown Jewels Of The Commonwealth

July 3, 2019Pittsburgh Quarterly

A stand of old-​growth hemlocks with trunks nearly four feet in diameter towers over a trail cut along a creek shrouded in mountain laurel that ripples through Laurel Hill State Park, part of one of the largest state park systems...