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Category: Communities & Landscapes

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

$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...

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...

Crown Jewels Of The Commonwealth

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...

Litter continues to build up in Luzerne County

April 30, 2019Fox 56

WILKES-BARRE (WOLF) — If you live in Luzerne County, you’ve probably seen a lot of litter around the area lately. One organization saying its the most in the county in recent memory. Palmira Miller wants to keep Luzerne County clean....

Chainsaw Safety Training set

April 17, 2019Wayne Independent

Upper Delaware River Region – Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, Women and Their Woods graduates and guests, and Northern Tier Hardwoods Association on Saturday, May 4th from 9am-3pm in Lake Ariel, PA as we learn Chainsaw Safety with a Game...

Teaming Up for Cleanup!

November 29, 2018WBRE/WYOU-TV

(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Students from Blue Ridge High School traded notebooks and pens for work gloves and mud boot at a New Milford illegal dumpsite cleanup. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and local businesses teamed up for the cleanup of hundreds of tires....