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Opportunities Lost

Opportunities Lost

December 20, 2018

Congress has missed its last opportunity in 2018 to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a landmark conservation and recreation program that has funded projects throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation since it began in 1965. Despite strong bipartisan...

PEC Letter to Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee

January 29, 2018

PEC submitted the following comments to the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, which will have a voting meeting tomorrow (January 30, 2018) for several bills. January 29, 2018 To:  Members of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Re:  Senate...

Beyond Troubling

September 15, 2017

Late Wednesday the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed legislation (House Bill 453) that, if enacted as part of the state budget, would constitute the largest cut to environmental and energy program funds in the state’s history. What does this legislation...

PEC Opposes Legislative Raid on Special Funds

September 11, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives strongly opposing tax code and administrative code bills that would have devastating impact on state-funded environmental, conservation, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and community-based programs. Click here to identify your legislator...

PEC Opposes Proposed Diversion of Conservation and Recreation Funds

July 21, 2017

Today PEC sent the following communication to members of the General Assembly: July 21, 2017 To: Members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly Re: Proposed Diversion of Monies from Local Environmental Project Funds Dear Senators and Representatives: The Pennsylvania Environmental Council...

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Pennsylvania Legacies #89
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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...

LWCF: The Clock Is Still Ticking
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LWCF: The Clock Is Still Ticking

October 2, 2018By: John Walliser

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired on September 30th, despite widespread bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. That means one of the most successful conservation and recreation programs in our nation’s history now sits idle, unable...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDFdyNxgGP8&t=52s&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=3
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LWCF: Healthier Communities

September 25, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

The Land and Water Conservation Fund makes Pennsylvania communities happier, healthier places to live by supporting development of parks, playgrounds, and greenspace. But without congressional reauthorization, that support could disappear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDFdyNxgGP8&t=52s&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=3Video can’t be loaded: #SaveLWCF: Healthier Communities (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDFdyNxgGP8&t=52s&list=PLMpHW-KP8hDEiCr4yFoR7XqXWeA3rWl2O&index=3)  

Pennsylvania Legacies #82
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Pennsylvania Legacies #82

September 21, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

As time runs out for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, we hit the road to discover how LWCF funding has enhanced parks and public lands across the Commonwealth — and why it’s so urgently important for Congress to...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1s
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LWCF: Investing in Conservation

September 18, 2018By: Josh Raulerson

Funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helps protect wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and preserve open space for Pennsylvanians to enjoy. But those benefits could disappear if Congress doesn’t vote to reauthorize the Fund by September 30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4ZYaSKIkoY&t=1sVideo...