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 #111
PEC Blog

Pennsylvania Legacies #111

November 22, 2019By: Josh Raulerson

Trails beautify neighborhoods and make communities more livable — but that’s only the beginning. A 2019 report from the East Coast Greenway Alliance shows how every dollar spent developing the ECG corridor through the Delaware River Watershed comes back almost...

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Dinniman Announces $400,000 for Parks and Outdoor Recreation Improvements

November 17, 2019My ChesCo

HARRISBURG, PA — Three Chester County municipalities and one conservancy will receive nearly $400,000 in total state funding for park improvements and conservation projects, announced state Senator Andy Dinniman. In addition, several regional initiatives impacting Chester County residents will receive...

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Chesco gets $400,000 to improve parks, trails, outdoor recreation

November 14, 2019Southern Chester County Weeklies

WEST CHESTER—Three Chester County municipalities and one conservancy will receive nearly $400,000 in total state funding for park improvements and conservation projects. In addition, several regional initiatives impacting Chester County residents will receive nearly $2 million in state support to...

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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Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year
Press Releases

Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year

December 9, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2019 CONTACT: Janet Sweeney, Pennsylvania Environmental Council PHONE: 570-718-6507 EMAIL: jsweeney@pecpa.org   Voting to Begin for Pennsylvania’s 2020 River of the Year   Harrisburg, PA – The public is invited to again vote online for...

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West Branch Susquehanna River trail gets official logo

November 25, 2019The Express (Lock Haven)

LEWISBURG — The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) has released an official logo for the Susquehanna River Water Trail – West Branch. The Susquehanna River Water Trail – West Branch is a designated Pennsylvania State Water Trail that runs 228 miles...

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Dinniman Announces $400,000 for Parks and Outdoor Recreation Improvements

November 17, 2019My ChesCo

HARRISBURG, PA — Three Chester County municipalities and one conservancy will receive nearly $400,000 in total state funding for park improvements and conservation projects, announced state Senator Andy Dinniman. In addition, several regional initiatives impacting Chester County residents will receive...

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...