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Download: 2022 WT Mini-Grant-Budget
News for Immediate Release: March 28, 2022 Media contact: Janet Sweeney, PEC, 570-718-1635   2022 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape Mini Grants Now Available Luzerne – The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has announced the opening of the 2022 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFWCL) Mini Grant cycle. PEC was awarded a total of $60,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) through their Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2) to administer the 2022-2023 Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFW) Mini Grant Program. The DCNR funding is provided through the Environmental Stewardship Fund administered by the…
With spring’s official start this week, keep an eye out for one of the subtler signs of its arrival: vernal pools. Vernal pools are ephemeral wetlands that are only filled for part of the year, usually starting in the late winter and spring when snow begins to melt. By summer these special ponds are often dried up and replaced by patches of mud. Vernal pools play an important ecological role, supporting many species of animals and insects that rely on them for habitat and reproduction. Fish and other aquatic predators can’t survive in vernal pools, so they provide a safe…
If you have plans for the evening of Thursday, April 28 from 7-9 PM, cancel them! Because you are not going to want to miss the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, On Tour event being hosted by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and its affiliate, the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) in partnership with the Laurel Highland Conservation Landscape. This year’s event will be screened in person at the Watershed Farm, the home of the Loyalhanna Watershed Association, 6 Old Lincoln Highway West Ligonier, PA, and virtually to an audience statewide. Tickets are available here. The Wild and…
Each month, Get Your Tail on the Trail’s Northeast Pennsylvania chapter will share a Trail of the Month to explore. Log your miles at the location “North Pocono Trails” on tailonthetrail.org through March 31 for the chance to win a gift card to a local outdoor gear store. This blog was originally published on Discover NEPA. In a hidden forest tucked behind an unsuspecting park, the North Pocono Trails will guide you through a landscape of flowing creeks and towering evergreens that provide breathtaking views. The North Pocono Trails in Lackawanna County offer the perfect place to explore this spring, or any time…
Up to 1 billion birds die each year from window collisions in the United States. Birds can’t tell the difference between trees or sky reflected in glass and the real landscape outside, so they often collide with windows under the illusion that they have free space to fly. Birds are also drawn to illuminated windows at night, which can result in massive collision events during spring and fall migration periods when many birds migrate after dark. Birds are critical to the health of our ecosystems, so it is important to protect them. Window collisions are one of the leading bird…
Featured image credit: Office of Governor Tom Wolf With the Governor’s budget address and a significant unspent balance of federal funding, there have been a flurry of proposals to invest in conservation, restoration, and energy projects throughout Pennsylvania. Growing Greener Earlier this month, Governor Wolf announced a proposal to use $1.7 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds to invest in Pennsylvania’s future. One of the most significant portions of the funding would go towards conserving and restoring Pennsylvania’s environment through Growing Greener. The Growing Greener Program was established 20 years ago to address a variety of environmental, recreation, agriculture, and community…