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

What Do You Want in a Trail?
PEC Blog

What Do You Want in a Trail?

May 20, 2020By: Zhenya Nalywayko

This post by PEC’s Zhenya Nalywayko appeared in the TTF Watershed Partnership blog on May 18. Walking, hiking, and biking. Enhanced safety for children, and scenic routes to schools, libraries, and train stations. Vandalism, lack of privacy, money shortfalls, and...

PEC in the News

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...

Policy Posts

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 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...

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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Pennsylvania Legacies #113
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Pennsylvania Legacies #113

January 10, 2020By: Josh Raulerson

The five finalists for 2020 River of the Year represent everything that’s right – and everything that’s wrong – with Pennsylvania’s 86,000 miles of rivers and streams. With online voting set to close in a matter of days, we hear...

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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...

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.

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 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...