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 Pennsylvanian's and the nation—where we take our families to hike, camp, fish and teach our kids about Pennsylvania's incredible natural history and the values we share to protect these outdoor wonders.

Constant threats

Unfortunately, our parks, forests, and other public lands face a barrage of threats. These threats include ongoing pollution, fracking and Marcellus Shale drilling, encroaching development, and coal mining. At the same time, politicians in Harrisburg and Washington DC threaten to slash funding for protecting our state and federal parks and forests, and even press to privatize these lands and sell them off to the highest bidder.  

These activities would do irreparable harm to these places we love, threaten the wildlife that make the parks their home, and diminish the natural heritage that we’ll leave for our children and future generations.

Politicians are moving in the wrong direction

In both Harrisburg and Washington DC, our elected officials are pushing a set of policies that will decimate Pennsylvania's-- and the nation's-- public lands.  

This includes:

  • Moving forward with policies that would strip funding from successful program that protects our parks and other open spaces from development and drilling like the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Growing Greener and the Keystone Fund.
  • Slashing budgets for the agencies charged with protecting, maintaining and overseeing our parks and forests;
  • Allowing harmful practices like fracking in our treasured state and federal parks and forests; 
  • And even taking our parks away from the public and privatizing them.

Together, we can protect Pennsylvania’s parks, forests, and public lands

At PennEnvironment, we’re making sure that the people who value and enjoy our public lands, the places we love, the programs and agencies that protect them have a voice in Harrisburg and Washington DC. We are talking to Pennsylvanians about what’s at stake, testifying in our nation’s and state’s capitol, educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to protect our parks, forests and other critical public lands.

Preservation Updates

News Release | PennEnvironment

New report outlines key ways to reconnect nature through wildlife corridors

PHILADELPHIA -- As biodiversity in Pennsylvania and around the globe continues to decline, a new report highlights key projects that are working to reconnect nature through “wildlife corridors.” The report from PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center offers examples of how human-made barriers that hinder species migration and travel can be modified to allow animals to safely traverse through natural corridors between habitats, and could be replicated here in Pennsylvania. The report comes as a bipartisan measure to connect habitat awaits action in the Pennsylvania legislature. At the federal level, the recent passage of the “INVEST in America Act” (HR 3684) by  Congress would provide the funds to build overpasses and tunnels so that wildlife can cross roads. The case studies in this report could be replicated in Pennsylvania

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Statement: Great American Outdoors Act is bringing more nature to Pennsylvania

Philadelphia – Amid a tense election year, deep polarization and a global pandemic, leadership from both aisles of Congress came together last summer to pass a landmark conservation legislation into law. The Great American Outdoors Act, which was signed into law one year ago today, secured permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at $900 million annually and $9.5 billion over five years to update America’s aging public lands infrastructure. 

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Safe for Swimming 2021 Edition

The Clean Water Act, adopted in 1972, set the goal of making all of our waterways safe for  swimming. Nearly a half-century later, Amer icans visiting their favorite beach are still met all too  often by advisories warning that the water is unsafe for  swimming. And each year, millions of Americans are  sickened by swimming in contaminated water.

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News Release | Environment America

Statement: House passes landmark water and transportation bill to restore and enhance U.S. infrastructure

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a legislative package on Thursday that would improve water infrastructure, protect drinking water, and repair and expand our transportation system.  The package combined several bills, including the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021 and the AQUA Act, under the umbrella of the INVEST in America Act.  

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News Release | PennEnvironment

End in sight for PA's statewide preemption on local single-use plastic laws

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania General Assembly approved the 2021-2022 state budget bills without including language to extend the statewide preemption on local ordinances related to single-use plastic bans and fees. 

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