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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 #97
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Pennsylvania Legacies #97

May 3, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania has one of the nation’s most extensive state park-and-forest systems, and for decades it’s been growing in size as well as popularity. But funding for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) hasn’t kept pace with that growth....

LWCF One Step Closer to Reauthorization
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LWCF One Step Closer to Reauthorization

February 13, 2019By: John Walliser

Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed legislation [S.47, the Natural Resources Management Act] that permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Passage by the Senate is a major step toward ending the uncertainty that has plagued this landmark conservation...

PEC in the News

Environmental advocates worry over creative math in Wolf’s budget

February 7, 2019Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Nonsense. That’s how Gov. Tom Wolf, just two years ago, described a House Republican plan to to raid 47 budget accounts across Pennsylvania state government close a $1 billion hole in the state budget. Now, as he rolls out the first budget...

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...