FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 13, 2019
Contact: Josh Raulerson, Director of Communications
PEC Welcomes Trails Program Manager Brett Hollern
Pittsburgh — The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has named veteran trail developer Brett Hollern as the newest member of its Trails and Recreation team.
The long-serving Somerset County Trail Manager brings two decades of experience to PEC’s State College office, where he will support the ongoing efforts of the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC) to create a 1,500+ mile network of multi-use trails in western Pennsylvania and three neighboring states.
“Brett’s extensive experience working on trail projects in western Pennsylvania will be invaluable as we move forward to help partners close gaps on the Erie to Pittsburgh and PA Wilds alignments, and along the Sheepskin Trail,” PEC President Davitt Woodwell said.
In his more than two decades with Somerset County, Hollern was involved in the planning, development, and management of two of the region’s most visible and popular trail assets: the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and the September 11th National Memorial Trail. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for the Allegheny Trail Alliance (ATA) and the September 11th National Memorial Trail.
Hollern holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Park Management from Penn State University. He came to Somerset County in 1997 as a planner before assuming the role of Trail and Greenways Coordinator, serving ATA and the County under DCNR’s Circuit Rider Program.
“Having worked with PEC throughout my career, I’m thrilled to join the team and bring my experience and knowledge of trails to help others achieve their trail building goals,” Hollern said.
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is a statewide organization that brings people, government, and business together to find real world solutions for environmental challenges. These solutions bring about sustainable communities, protect our water resources, and address energy and climate issues. PEC was founded in 1970 and serves the entire state through offices in Luzerne, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and State College.
For more information, visit www.pecpa.org.