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Remembering Gary Brown

Remembering Gary Brown

June 1, 2020By: Pennsylvania Environmental Council

We are sad to say that we have lost an important and respected member of the PEC family with the recent passing of Gary R. Brown, who served on PEC’s Board of Directors for over 20 years and chaired the...

PEC at 50: Our Story

PEC at 50: Our Story

May 26, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council was founded in 1970 to advocate for sound and responsible environmental policy. Over the years, our mission has evolved — but our commitment has never wavered.

Pennsylvania Legacies #123

Pennsylvania Legacies #123

May 22, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

These days, environmental issues are politically charged in a way that can make sound, commonsense policy seem unattainable. But it wasn’t always like that — and it doesn’t have to be. Tom Ridge, the Republican former governor of Pennsylvania, says...

What Do You Want in a Trail?

What Do You Want in a Trail?

May 20, 2020By: Zhenya Nalywayko

This post by PEC’s Zhenya Nalywayko appeared in the TTF Watershed Partnership blog on May 18. Walking, hiking, and biking. Enhanced safety for children, and scenic routes to schools, libraries, and train stations. Vandalism, lack of privacy, money shortfalls, and...

Picking Up the Pieces

Picking Up the Pieces

May 13, 2020By: Hannah Clemenson

PEC’s motto, “conservation through cooperation,” aptly describes any number of our programs and activities. But it’s especially relevant to the collaborative work of legacy mine land restoration, which we’ve been proud to share with our government and nonprofit partners in...

Pennsylvania Legacies #122

Pennsylvania Legacies #122

May 8, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Any way you slice it, coal-fired power generation is on its way out. That leaves two likely scenarios for Pennsylvania’s electricity sector in the next decade: a modest reduction in greenhouse gas emissions with little economic impact, or a dramatic...

Watersheds En Plein AIr

Watersheds En Plein AIr

May 7, 2020By: Tali MacArthur

Pennsylvania’s scenic rivers are perfect places for paddling, fishing, exploring, hiking, biking, painting, birdwatching and… wait, what? Painting? Well, yes — that too! In fact, landscape painting has more in common with watershed conservation than you might think. En plein...

PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

PEC at 50: Securing Our Environmental Rights

April 24, 2020By: Frank Kury

Over the years PEC has worked with countless leaders, experts, and citizens to advance environmental goals across the state. In celebration of PEC’s fiftieth anniversary, we asked a few of them to share their reflections on our shared work, how...

Pennsylvania Legacies #121

Pennsylvania Legacies #121

April 24, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

At 96, Thomas Dolan is part of a very exclusive club: surviving founders of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. As we mark the 50th Earth Day this week, we continue our celebration of PEC’s own semi-centennial with reflections from someone who...

Pennsylvania Legacies #120

Pennsylvania Legacies #120

April 10, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania’s trout season opened as scheduled earlier this week, but anglers must abide by the same social distancing rules that apply in any public place. PA Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director Tim Schaefer discusses the agency’s response to COVID-19....

Pennsylvania Legacies #119

Pennsylvania Legacies #119

April 3, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

In this time of social distancing, one of the best and safest ways to stay connected with nature is by getting to know the creatures in your own backyard — especially the myriad bird species migrating to or through Pennsylvania...

Backyard Adventures

Backyard Adventures

April 1, 2020By: Frank Maguire

The outdoors is providing a much needed respite from the very necessary homebound nature of our current world. But in addition to social distancing, we all need to be cognizant of the potential risks we can put ourselves and others...