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

Enforcement of Philadelphia’s plastic bag ban begins April 1

PHILADELPHIA -- On April 1st, nine months after Philadelphia's ban on single-use plastic bags took effect, and more than two years after the city council signed it into law, officials will begin imposing penalties on businesses that violate the ordinance. It’s estimated that Philadelphians use an average of 585 million plastic bags every year, but less than 2% are recycled.

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News Release | Environment America

Statement: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act moves country one step closer to protecting fish and wildlife

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed the bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (H.R. 2773) on Wednesday. Introduced by lead sponsors Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan and Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, the bill would provide funding to every state, territory and the District of Columbia to proactively conserve more than 12,000 at-risk fish and wildlife species.

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Blog Post

Senator Jeff Merkley on protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge | Kevin Pollack

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Report | Environment America Research & Policy Center

Progress Report: President Biden’s First Year

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News Release | PennEnvironment

Businesses caught violating Philadelphia’s plastic bag law

PHILADELPHIA -- Two months after Philadelphia's citywide ban on plastic bags went into effect, new research by the nonprofit group PennEnvironment found chronic violations by retailers throughout the city. At a news conference Wednesday, PennEnvironment spotlighted specific businesses breaking this law, including Walmart, CVS, ACME, The Home Depot and even the state-owned Fine Wine and Good Spirits. The law was designed to eliminate the use of hundreds of millions of plastic bags that pollute the city.

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