Trails & Recreation

Pennsylvania was named “Penn’s Woods” for good reason. Over 46,000 square miles of mountains, valleys, and forests abound, laced with sparkling streams and majestic rivers that afford quiet refuge, recreational challenge, and inspiring vistas. The impact of centuries of settlement has created rich and distinctive rural landscapes, as well as vibrant cities and towns that make for authentic and memorable places that inspire exploration.

Experiencing Pennsylvania’s rich resources promotes commitment and engages residents and visitors alike in an ethic of an environmental stewardship. We promote environmental stewardship by promoting the planning and development of trails—on both water and land—that crisscross the Commonwealth to enable access and enjoyment for millions of Pennsylvanians.

With a statewide perspective, PEC facilitates regional partnerships of local governments, agencies, and allied non-profits to envision, plan, and implement trail systems and projects. Our years of experience in professional insight into project planning, design, and development accelerates projects from mere concept to reality.

Land Trails

Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition

PEC is at the forefront of leading a four-state coalition working to complete and connect a 1,450-mile network of multi-use trails.

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Programs


Inside News and Policy

The Power of Collaboration
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The Power of Collaboration

It was a mix of business suits and biking shorts at the Marilla Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, where the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition (IHTC) held its quarterly meeting on Thursday, August, 24th. Trail representatives from Parkersburg to the PA Wilds...

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What’s New

Pennsylvania Legacies #101
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #101

June 28, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania Legacies is on summer break through mid July. We leave you with an audio postcard from the recent unveiling of two exciting new improvements along Bucks County’s Delaware & Lehigh Trail. Links: Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Wolf...

PA Live! YCL Get Your Tail on The Trail
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PA Live! YCL Get Your Tail on The Trail

June 18, 2019WBRE/WYOU-TV

PEC Vice President Janet Sweeney appeared on WBRE-TV’s “PA Live!” to talk about the kickoff of the Get Your Tail on the Trail Northeast PA Chapter: 

Pennsylvania Legacies #100
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #100

June 14, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

It’s not just Pennsylvania — trails and greenways are becoming must-have amenities for communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. But the trend isn’t universal, and the scarcity of trails in many areas is reflected in lower public health,...

Policy Posts

PEC Urges Senators to Reject House Revenue Bills

September 18, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania Senate strongly opposing a House-approved revenue package that would have devastating impact on state-funded environmental, conservation, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and community-based programs. Click here to identify your legislator and let them know you oppose...

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...

Water Trails

Programs


Inside News and Policy

Paddling Through History
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Paddling Through History

Along its 47-mile journey to the Allegheny River, Oil Creek winds through the heart of Pennsylvania’s historic Oil Region, birthplace of the commercial oil industry. Here, the world’s first large-scale petroleum production operations began shortly after the discovery of vast crude oil reserves along the Oil...

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What’s New

Pennsylvania Legacies #102
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #102

July 12, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Though Pennsylvania enjoys an abundance of world-class opportunities for outdoor recreation, access is often limited by racial, socioeconomic, and other disparities. For Pennsylvanians with disabilities, adventure sports like kayaking can be especially difficult to break into. But proponents of “adaptive...

Press Releases

POWR Announces 2019 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards

April 7, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April, 2019 CONTACT: Janet Sweeney, Pennsylvania Environmental Council/POWR EMAIL: jsweeney@pecpa.org   POWR Announces 2019 Pennsylvania Sojourn Grant Awards   Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the...

Policy Posts

PEC Supports House Bill 1003

April 29, 2019

PEC submitted the following letter to the House Game & Fisheries Committee in support of House Bill 1003, which will improve the Fish and Boat Commission’s ability to address safety and signage issues with low-head dams.

PEC Urges Senators to Reject House Revenue Bills

September 18, 2017

PEC has sent the following communication to the Pennsylvania Senate strongly opposing a House-approved revenue package that would have devastating impact on state-funded environmental, conservation, agriculture, outdoor recreation, and community-based programs. Click here to identify your legislator and let them know you oppose...

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...