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

Statement: House Democrats release sweeping climate plan

[Philadelphia, PA] -- Democrats on the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a comprehensive report Tuesday detailing policies and programs to tackle climate change at the federal level. The report is based on twelve pillars of action with the overall goal of achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by 2050. These programs and policies would transform our transportation system, preserve natural resources and public lands, increase clean energy, and improve clean water infrastructure. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

PennEnvironment releases parent resource: 50 environmental activities kids can do at home

[Pennsylvania]--To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, PennEnvironment has released a list of “Fifty environmental activities kids can do at home” as a resource for families across the state. With Pennsylvania schools physically closed for the remainder of the school year in order to promote social distancing during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the set of activities provided by PennEnvironment offers a broad array of easy-to-do endeavors for Earth Day and beyond. 

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News Release | PennEnvironment

PennEnvironment honors Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon for championing parks and open spaces

[Tinicum, PA]-- PennEnvironment honored Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (Philadelphia and Delaware County) today at the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum for her ongoing leadership and support for protecting parks, public lands, and open spaces, here in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

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PennEnvironment honors Congresswoman Madeleine Dean for championing parks and open spaces

[Valley Forge, PA]-- PennEnvironment honored Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (Montgomery County) today at Valley Forge National Historic Park for her ongoing leadership and support for protecting parks, public lands, and open spaces, here in Pennsylvania and across the nation. PennEnvironment presented Congresswoman Dean with a scenic photo of the Park as a show of their appreciation for her leadership protecting public lands.

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Report | PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Safe for Swimming?

The Clean Water Act, adopted in 1972 with overwhelming bi-partisan support, had the farsighted and righteous goal of making all our waterways safe for swimming. Yet 46 years later, all too often, Americans visiting their favorite beach are met by an advisory warning that the water is unsafe for swimming. Even worse, in recent years millions of Americans have been sickened by swimming in contaminated water.

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