Project Updates

Green Drinks program launched after Lift Johnstown update
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2011-01-27

January 26, 2011 -- Nearly 100 people turned out despite a snow storm for the first Laurel Highlands Green Drinks event in the Johnstown area.

58th Street Greenway - City Planning Commission public hearing to review plans on Jan. 18th
East Coast Greenway
Fri, 2011-01-14

On January 18th, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission will review plans for the 58th Street Greenway. As one of the seven TIGER funded trails in Philadelphia, the 58th Street Greenway will help complete the Schuylkill River Trail by connecting Bartram’s Garden to Cobbs Creek Trail. The greenway will utilize a combination of bike lanes, innovative shared-road markings, and a shared-use path.

Transporation plan links Main Street in Johnstown
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2011-01-06

PennDOT OKs $1.5M project

The following is an excerpt from an article in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. For the full article, click here.

Randy Griffith

Allegheny County Riverfronts Report 2010 ~ RELEASED
Allegheny Riverfronts Project
Mon, 2011-01-03

PEC worked cooperatively with Friends of the Riverfront and Allegheny County to publish the Allegheny's Riverfronts: A Progress Report on Municipal Riverfront Development in Allegheny County (December 2010).  This report is ready for download.

Laurel Highlands e-blast v. 2-8 - Summit set, stream 'critical'
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2010-12-29

Laurel Highlands CLI e-blast v. 2 No. 8

In This Edition:

There's an app for that! Yough and Tidal Delaware now available as an app for smartphones
Youghiogheny River Water Trail
Fri, 2010-12-17

Got kayak equipment for the holidays? Start planning your summer paddling trips NOW using the Great American Smart Trails app. This free app includes information on boat launches, points of interest and outfitters to get you out on two of Pennsylvania's most exciting water trails - the Youghiogheny River Water Trail and the Tidal Delaware River Water Trail.

This app includes most of the information found on the map and guides created for each water trail.

Laurel Highlands Summit set for April 4 to focus on economic impact of trails, conservation
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Fri, 2010-12-17

The economic impact of tourism, recreation and green space will be the focus of the second Summit for the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative scheduled from 9 to 4 on Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Fred Rogers Center of St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Bridesburg named a Park on the Near Horizon in Green2015 Plan
Ecological Restoration
Wed, 2010-12-08

The Bridesburg ecological restoration site has been identified as one of the Parks on the Near Horizon in PennPraxis’s Green2015 Action Plan for the First 500 Acres.

PEC's eco-restoration work featured in Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Newsletter
Ecological Restoration
Thu, 2010-12-02

PEC coordinates an urban waterfront workgroup under the umbrella of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary’s Regional Restoration Initiative. The workgroup developed and applied habitat, site-wide, and recreational criteria to prioritize restoration opportunities. Results of this assessment are documented in the 2009 Philadelphia North Delaware Greenway Ecological Assessment and Prioritization Report


2010 Green Financing Series: Presentations Posted
Sustainable Philadelphia Initiative
Tue, 2010-11-23

PEC partnered with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council to present Green Project Financing: How to get green projects funded.

Below are links to the presentations.

Steve Wray, Executive Director, Economy League, overview of innovative green financing options, both public and private, based on joint PEC/Economy League report.

58th St. Greenway Logo Contest
East Coast Greenway
Fri, 2010-11-19

Southwest Philadelphia: What image best represents your community?
Is Southwest defined by a particular building, person or location?

A new bicycle and walking trail is being developed along 58th Street and new pedestrian signs are being installed as part of the project. We need your ideas for a neighborhood logo to go on those signs!

If interested, please submit the following:

58th Street Greenway Public Meeting Minutes posted
East Coast Greenway
Fri, 2010-11-19

Click the link below to read the minutes from the last 58th Street Greenway meeting.

Meeting Minutes

Economic Value of Open Space Study Released
Thu, 2010-11-18

The GreenSpace Alliance and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission recently released the Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania Report.

Laurel Highlands e-blast v. 2-7 - DCNR grants, bridge funded
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Mon, 2010-11-15

Laurel Highlands e-blast 2-7 - DCNR grants, bridge funded

In this issue:

DCNR grants for Laurel Highlands
Harvard lauds Landscape approach
Laurel Highlands Trail bridge funded
Conservation Coalition and trails
News briefs/events

58th St. Greenway Newsletter
East Coast Greenway
Tue, 2010-11-02

Check out the latest information on the development of this exciting walking and biking trail in Southwest Philadelphia. Topics include:

  • Updates on the greenway design
  • Partnership with Safe Kids Southeastern PA Coalition
  • City of Philadelphia Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
  • Safe Routes to School at S. Mitchell Weir Elementary
  • Updates on Cobbs Creek park and connector trail


Click here to read the newsletter.

DCNR to acquire 2,650-acre addition to Lackawanna State Forest
Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape Initiative
Fri, 2010-10-29

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Deputy Secretary Cindy Dunn today joined representatives of The Conservation Fund, Monroe County Commissioners, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlands Conservancy, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and delighted township supervisors and residents in applauding acquisition of 2,650 acres that will expand the Lackawanna State Forest to more than 30,000 acres.

DCNR Landscape Approach Recognized as 'Bright Idea' by Harvard University
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2010-10-28

Harrisburg – The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ regional approach to conserving landscapes to create opportunities for economic development was recently recognized by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University’s “Bright Ideas Program,” Secretary John Quigley said today.

This is the first year for the “Bright Ideas Program,” which is designed to recognize and share creative government initiatives around the country with interested public-sector, nonprofit and academic communities.

DCNR awards PEC funding for Spring Garden St. Greenway Design
East Coast Greenway
Fri, 2010-10-15

PEC was awarded $100,000 by the PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources to prepare a master site development plan and conceptual design for the development of approximately 2.2 miles of trail on Spring Garden Street connecting the East Coast Greenway through downtown Philadelphia to the Schuylkill River Trail and Delaware River Trail.

Visit the DCNR web site: to learn more!

Laurel Highlands e-blast v. 2-6-Fall tours, Conservation Coalition
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Fri, 2010-10-08

Laurel Highlands e-blast v. 2-6 - Fall tours developed, Conservation Coaltion created

In this issue: 

Fall Foliage tour new for Laurel Highlands
Gas severance tax could fund “rec & con”
Conservation Coalition kickoff big success
Somerset County Watershed Summit coming
Natural Biodiversity seeks founders for 1st meeting
Fall Festivals and other events

Fall Foliage route done for interpretive plan

Conservation Coalition forming in Laurel Highlands
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Wed, 2010-09-29
Will support conservation funding, provide information about and input into key issues, and networking.
September 15, 2010

Several local and regional conservation organizations have come together to create the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition, a four-county coalition of grass-roots conservation and environmental groups in Fayette, Westmoreland, Somerset and Cambria Counties.

TIGER 2 funding application submitted
East Coast Greenway
Wed, 2010-09-08

In February 2010, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia and the County of Camden successfully secured $23 million from the US Dept. of Transportation to build a network of walking and biking trails.

Laurel Highlands e-blast v. 2-5 - Coalition forming, 'extreme makeover'
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Thu, 2010-09-02

Laurel Highlands e-blast v. 2-5 - Coalition forming, 'extreme makeover'

In this issue:

Conservation Coalition coming to region
Ohiopyle’s ‘extreme makeover’ dedicated
Preservation workshops and state survey
14th Trail Town art project done
Johnstown, Rockwood seek TIGERs
Hiking Trail bridge design advancingFall Festival season

Create the Laurel Highlands Conservation Coalition

Ohiopyle 'Green Streets' Ribbon Cutting
Ohiopyle Joint Master Plan and Implementation Strategy
Mon, 2010-08-23

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will host a ribbon-cutting for the Ohiopyle Green Infrastructure Project at 11 a.m. today at the Train Station/Visitors Center in Ohiopyle.

Participants include Paul Marchetti, Executive Director of PennVEST; John Quigley, Secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; PEC Senior Vice President Davitt Woodwell; and Ohiopyle Mayor Mark McCarty.

Delaware River Kayak Trips
Tidal Delaware Water Trail
Mon, 2010-08-16

Day-long kayak trips are ideal for beginners, families and small groups since all equipment, shuttle service and meals are included. 

The trip is guided by National Canoe Safety Patrol members. The pace is leisurely with short distances and occasional stops. Extension options are available for more experienced kayakers who want to paddle longer distances. 

Pre-register online at A limited number of walk-ins may be accomodated on a first-come, first-serve basis each morning. 

Ohiopyle 'Green Streets' Ribbon Cutting
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape
Mon, 2010-08-16
Curbs along parking areas direct stormwater runoff into bioswales, which throughout the project area have been planted with 1,321 perenials, 24 shubs and 48 trees.  The project beautifies the borough in the heart of Ohiopyle State Park while making parking more functional, managing stormwater run-off, reducing infiltration into sanitary sewer lin