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Honoring NEPA’s Environmental Leaders

Honoring NEPA’s Environmental Leaders

October 31, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

PEC was proud to host the 27th Annual Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania’s Environment on October 26 in Wilkes-Barre. The dinner, emceed by WNEP’s Don Jacobs and featuring keynote remarks from DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn, honored local leaders for their...

Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

Exploring the Laurel Highlands with CNRAC

October 17, 2017By: Laura Bray

In early October, a group of 18 appointed citizen members of the Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council (CNRAC) spent three days touring the region known for outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Drawing from diverse experiences and perspectives, council members...

Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

Pennsylvania Legacies #58: Mind the GAP

October 13, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

With more than a million visitors a year, the Great Allegheny Passage is one of Pennsylvania’s biggest trail development success stories. A group of state and local government officials rode the GAP this fall, along with community and business leaders...

Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

Pennsylvania Legacies #56: Esprit de Corps

September 29, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps is providing muscle for scores of recreation and conservation projects statewide. But the program is also doing something else that’s arguably even more important: cultivating a diverse new generation of citizen-stewards and future conservation professionals. DCNR...

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

IHTC Meeting Highlights Collaboration

August 28, 2017By: Laura Bray

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

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

Pennsylvania Legacies #51: Bird is the Word

August 25, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Mounting opposition to budget riders, DEP’s modest progress toward better clean drinking water enforcement, and good news from the Chesapeake Bay. Also: why do birds suddenly appear every time you reclaim and reforest abandoned mine lands?

Spring Cleaning in Northeastern PA

Spring Cleaning in Northeastern PA

June 23, 2017By: Palmira Miller

PEC’s Community Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup Program returned to action this spring, as nearly 200 local volunteers hauled away upwards of 46 tons of waste and debris from sites across northeastern Pennsylvania.   Susquehanna County PEC’s ongoing partnership with the Friends of...

Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

Pennsylvania Legacies #39: A Legacy of Service

May 19, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

PEC opposes a state Senate bill that would expose surface water to further impacts from underground mining, and we pay tribute to two western PA environmental leaders up for Lifetime Achievement honors at our spring awards dinner.     Links:...

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

Extreme Physiology Returns to NEPA

May 8, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Students in the University of Scranton’s “Extreme Physiology” program learn about the physiological effects of different training environments by experiencing them firsthand. A new four-week summer course offering has participants hiking, biking, and paddling through the often rugged terrain of northeastern Pennsylvania to earn elective credits in...

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

Pennsylvania Legacies #37: Into the Woods

May 6, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The Montour Woods Conservation Area outside Pittsburgh is a time capsule, studded with remnants of the area’s agricultural and industrial past. It’s also part of the pathway to a future when public parks and greenspaces across the region will be...

Pennsylvania Legacies #36: Down to Earth

April 28, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

More than 300 northeastern Pennsylvanians turned out last weekend to help PEC and DCNR plant thousands of seedlings on former mining sites. This week’s show features voices from our Earth Day 2017 tree-planting event in Pinchot State Forest, Luzerne County....

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

April 24, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Pennsylvania state Senator John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) talks about growing up near the site of PEC’s Earth Day 2017 tree-planting in Pinchot State Forest, and watching its transformation from abandoned mine site to restored native forest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMxSDB1YroQ&feature=youtu.beVideo can’t be loaded: A...

Mine Land to Forest Land

Mine Land to Forest Land

April 24, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

Volunteers celebrate Earth Day 2017 by planting 8000 trees in Pinchot State Forest, Luzerne County. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf-pa4XyO1Q&feature=youtu.beVideo can’t be loaded: Mine Land to Forest Land (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf-pa4XyO1Q&feature=youtu.be)

This Earth Day, Get Your Hands Dirty

This Earth Day, Get Your Hands Dirty

March 20, 2017By: Palmira Miller

Join PEC, the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful as we celebrate Earth Day weekend with a pair of tree-planting events in Eastern Pennsylvania: On April 21st and April 22nd volunteers will plant 7,480 seedlings — including White Birch, Quaking Aspen and Chestnut Oak...

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

Pennsylvania Legacies #23: 2017 Preview, part 4

January 27, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

The state’s Conservation Landscapes program is poised to expand in 2017 with the creation of a new landscape area in western PA. We’ll learn about the new “Glacier’s Edge” landscape from program manager Marla Papernick on this week’s show.

Out With The Old (Tires)

Out With The Old (Tires)

January 3, 2017By: Josh Raulerson

PEC’s illegal dumpsite cleanup program ended 2016 with a pair of cleanup events in Susquehanna County. Workers from the Springville Township Street Department got the job done on December 8th, just in time for the first snowfall of the year. A total...