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Pennsylvania Legacies #92

Pennsylvania Legacies #92

February 22, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

The Senate passes a massive public lands bill including permanent reauthorization for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Pennsylvania’s native trout are flourishing thanks to the state- and national-level work of Trout Unlimited. We talk with TU President...

Keeping it 100

Keeping it 100

February 20, 2019By: Patrick Starr

100 Communities Support the Circuit Trails!  And PEC Helped!   800 miles of multi-use trails that connect important destinations across nine counties in two states is a big, ambitious idea that is not easy to get one’s arms around. And...

LWCF One Step Closer to Reauthorization

LWCF One Step Closer to Reauthorization

February 13, 2019By: John Walliser

Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed legislation [S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act] that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Passage by the Senate is a major step toward ending the uncertainty that has plagued this landmark conservation...

Pennsylvania Legacies #91

Pennsylvania Legacies #91

February 8, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania is home to hundreds of small, people-powered organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring local watersheds. These groups are accomplishing great things in their communities, typically on a shoestring budget. But could they be even more effective by coordinating their...

Pennsylvania Legacies #90

Pennsylvania Legacies #90

January 25, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Patriots Cove, along Beaver Run in Wyoming County, is more than just a great fishing spot. It’s a refuge for brook trout and human beings alike, where injured veterans are healing themselves and one another while helping to restore an...

Bonus Podcast: Time to Act on Climate

Bonus Podcast: Time to Act on Climate

January 23, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

There’s been plenty of talk about climate in Pennsylvania. Now it’s time for action. Davitt Woodwell and John Walliser discuss PEC’s just-released policy proposal for putting the Commonwealth on a path to zero carbon emissions.

Putting the Pieces Together on Climate

Putting the Pieces Together on Climate

January 16, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania will slash 80% of net greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050 under targets announced January 8 by Governor Tom Wolf. State agencies will lead the way, working strategically through the governor’s new GreenGov Council to improve energy efficiency across...

Pennsylvania Legacies #89

Pennsylvania Legacies #89

January 11, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Despite what you may have heard, environmental causes resonate with Pennsylvanians from all walks of life, throughout the state, and across the political spectrum. Recent polling from the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership shows Pennsylvania hunters and anglers in particular are...

In Memoriam: Senator Ted Erickson

In Memoriam: Senator Ted Erickson

January 9, 2019By: John Walliser

Former state Senator Edwin “Ted” Erickson passed away earlier this week, leaving behind a tremendous environmental legacy. His professional career reflected strong dedication to the residents of Delaware County and the Commonwealth. In addition to his tenure with the General...

Pennsylvania Legacies #88

Pennsylvania Legacies #88

December 14, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Vermont Law School is home to the nation’s top-ranked environmental law program. Its graduates are also among the best prepared for the real world, thanks to the Semester in Practice program. Davitt Woodwell chats with Vermont Law’s Johanna Thibault and...

Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level

Bonus Podcast: Climate Action Brewing at State Level

December 3, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

With new urgency around the unfolding climate crisis, policy discussions at the state level are intensifying. PEC’s policy team has an update and analysis on recent and forthcoming proposals to tackle Pennsylvania’s carbon emissions. Links: IPCC Special Report on Global...