PEC in the News

COVID-19’s impact on trail usage

July 14, 2020North Central PA

“Across Pennsylvania, in both rural and urban areas, people got outside in unprecedented numbers following the rise of the pandemic,” reveals a new study on local trail usage. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council, or PEC, works to improve and create more...

COVID lockdown unleashes swarms of visitors at parks, trails

July 8, 2020Bay Journal

Lynne Napoli of Boiling Springs, PA, lives near the Appalachian Trail, normally her refuge for quiet mental sustenance. But, this spring, things changed. “It has been so packed I don’t go,” she explained. “When I do, it is trashed. Other...

State Parks continue to see surge in visitors

June 28, 2020Fox 56 WOLF

Pennsylvania’s 121 State Parks are seeing a surge in visitors this year, including right here in Luzerne County. According to park officials at Frances Slocum State Park, in May it saw a visitor increase of more than 40 percent. “On...

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...

Allegheny College wins environmental award

June 25, 2020The Meadville Tribune

Allegheny College is a winner of the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for a 13-year program to achieve carbon neutrality, becoming only the eighth college in the U.S. to realize this goal. The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards are presented annually...

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...

Volunteers plant trees along riverbank in Nesbitt Park

May 6, 2020Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre)

April Davies pushed her shovel into the earth along the Susquehanna riverbank and remarked with delight how easy it was to turn over. “It’s luvisol soil, all really nice river silt,” Vinnie Cotrone said. “That’s why farmers have always liked...

County supports further development of Erie to Pittsburgh Trail

April 9, 2020Meadville Tribune

Crawford County commissioners have given their support to further development of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail in eastern Crawford County at no cost to the county. At their video conferenced meeting Wednesday, commissioners unanimously approved a $1.5 million grant application...

Meadville Market House celebrates local focus as it turns 150

March 9, 2020GoErie.com

MEADVILLE — In 1870, black men got the right to vote, the U.S. population was pegged at 38.6 million, John D. Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil Co. and the Meadville Market House opened for business. Now, 150 years later, the Market House,...