PEC In The News

Category: Trails & Recreation

TrailOff Mobile App Premieres September 2020 During FringeArts Festival

August 11, 2020Broadway World

TrailOff is a new mobile app premiering in September of 2020 during the fall’s FringeArts Festival that brings its users a cutting edge artistic experience that is equal parts immersive theater, GPS-triggered technological “magic” and connection to nature. This mixed...

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...

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...

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...

Northeast proud of its hiking areas

March 1, 2020Altoona Mirror

DENNISON TWP. — From hikes with astronomers, doctors and foresters to yoga by the river and a winter kayaking trip called Shiverfest, regional outdoors enthusiasts have tried novel ways to promote trails and waterways. During a recent trails meeting, volunteers...

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...

Which Pennsylvania river is worth $10,000?

December 9, 2019PennLive

The annual vote for Pennsylvania River of the Year opened to the public today. In addition to carrying the title in 2020, the river that draws the most public votes will receive a $10,000 leadership grant from the Pennsylvania Department...

Meeting set on rail trail study

November 27, 2019Times-Tribune (Scranton)

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will hold a public meeting to gather input for a feasibility study of the proposed Wilkes-Barre & Eastern Rail Trail Corridor. PEC has retained a trail planning consultant to study the feasibility of various trail routing...