The best of Pennsylvania

From Valley Forge to the rolling fields of Gettysburg; from Pennsylvania’s portion of the Appalachian Trail and the Delaware Water Gap to Pennsylvania’s awe-inspiring state parks like Ohiopyle and Ricketts Glen. These are our greatest places—for PA and the nation—and where families hike, camp, fish and teach their kids about our state’s history.

Constant threats

Unfortunately, our state’s parks face a barrage of threats from encroaching overdevelopment, ongoing pollution, fracking and Marcellus Shale drilling, and coal mining. These activities would degrade these great places, threaten the wildlife that make the parks their home, and diminish the natural heritage that we’ll leave for our children and future generations.

Congress is moving in the wrong direction

To make matters worse, Congress is on the verge of decimating the nation’s most successful program that protects our parks and other open spaces from development and drilling—the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

For the past five decades, the Land and Water Conservation Fund’s mission has been to protect America’s greatest—and often most threatened—places. For Pennsylvania, that means places like Valley Forge, Gettysburg and our portion of the Appalachian Trail.

But if our elected officials don’t act soon, this critical program will end up on Congress’s cutting room floor, forever hindering America’s great legacy of conservation and protection for our best places.

Together, we can protect Pennsylvania’s parks

Saving the Land and Water Conservation Fund will be a tough challenge, but we’re up to the task. We are talking to Pennsylvanians about what’s at stake, testifying in Washington, D.C., educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect our parks. Please take action for our parks and email your member of Congress.

Preservation Updates

News Release | PennEnvironment

Budget Passage Puts Pennsylvania at Risk

 The fiscal code bill that passed both chambers included a one-time influx of $95 million in revenue from reopening state forests and, for the first time ever, opening up state parks for new unconventional natural gas leasing.

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement of Environmental and Outdoor Organizations in Support of Reauthorization of Critical Conservation Program

“For the past 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has protected some of Pennsylvanians’ most beloved places. Whether it’s safeguarding the hiking path along the Appalachian Trail, preserving parts of Fairmount Park, protecting Ohiopyle, or helping create Valley Forge National Park, LWCF has protected some of the most important parts of Pennsylvania’s natural heritage."

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News Release | PennEnvironment

New report card gives governor “F” for environmental record

Gov. Corbett received an “F” on an environmental report card released today by the statewide environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment. 

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Grassroots Efforts Working to Fight Fracking in Allegheny Park

"We escape there to experience nature, to show our kids the gems of our community, to hike and run and bike and recreate, and we cannot put tis at risk," said Erica Stafford,  of Penn Environment.

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