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Pennsylvania Legacies #152

Pennsylvania Legacies #152

September 17, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

Philadelphia’s trails took a beating from Hurricane Ida, and some will take months to recover. Two weeks after the floodwaters receded, we look at conditions along the Schuylkill River Trail with representatives from the City of Philadelphia and the Schuylkill...

Getting Their Feet Wet

Getting Their Feet Wet

September 14, 2021By: Tali MacArthur

If someone tells you they host a program for underserved and under-represented youth in Pittsburgh and Johnstown, PA that includes three days of river surfing, conservation, and filmmaking… you might have questions. For starters: what’s river surfing? This concept is probably...

An Updated Plan for PA’s Forests

An Updated Plan for PA’s Forests

September 10, 2021By: Lily Jones

In August, Pennsylvania released its updated State Forest Action Plan. A requirement of the federal Farm Bill, these plans are completed by all U.S. states and territories every ten years to assess the condition of their forests and guide future...

Celebrating 2021’s River of the Year

Celebrating 2021’s River of the Year

September 9, 2021By: Lily Jones

On June 19th, paddlers gathered at Riverside Park in Greenville, PA to celebrate the Shenango River as 2021’s River of the Year. The sojourn was hosted by the nominating organization, the Shenango River Watchers. Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of...

Pennsylvania Legacies #151

Pennsylvania Legacies #151

September 3, 2021By: Lily Jones

We celebrate Pennsylvania Trails Month with a preview of this year’s PEC Public Lands Ride and the 11th annual PEC Environment Ride. Pennsylvania Environmental Council · A Ride for Everyone   As summer comes to an end, we’re looking forward...

Smarter Yards, Cleaner Streams

Smarter Yards, Cleaner Streams

August 26, 2021By: Josh Raulerson

As a result of planning decisions made decades ago, communities throughout suburban Philadelphia struggle with flooding and other negative impacts from heavy rainfall. These conditions don’t just affect residential properties, which account for the bulk of land use in the...

A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

A Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

August 24, 2021By: Adrienne Mackey

PEC works with partners in the Circuit Trails Coalition to create outdoor spaces that are inclusive and welcoming to all, a commitment that has led us to forge new partnerships and seek out creative approaches to engaging trail users. One...

Pennsylvania Legacies #150

Pennsylvania Legacies #150

August 20, 2021By: Lily Jones

An aerial map of tree canopy in any large U.S. city will give you a relatively accurate picture of income and racial demographics: with few exceptions, the more tree cover a neighborhood has, the more likely it is to be...

Now Is the Time for Sustainable Investment

Now Is the Time for Sustainable Investment

August 16, 2021By: Lily Jones

This summer has been packed with climate wake-up calls. Dangerously high temperatures, wildfires, and severe storms have devastated communities across the country. Just this week, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report which outlined in extensive...

Where would you like the Liberty Bell Trail to take you?

Where would you like the Liberty Bell Trail to take you?

August 10, 2021By: Zhenya Nalywayko

The Liberty Bell Trail (LBT) in North Penn and Indian Valley will link residents and visitors alike to downtown centers; residential neighborhoods; parks, libraries, and schools; natural areas and open spaces; transportation hubs; and much, much more. In addition to local connections,...

Pennsylvania Legacies #149

Pennsylvania Legacies #149

August 6, 2021By: Lily Jones

There are 349 rare, threatened, or endangered native plant species in Pennsylvania. The habitats they call home are as diverse as the plants themselves. As the climate changes, new challenges will arise for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural...