Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Publications
Provides an overview of the grant programs and other services available from the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
Pennsylvania's Recreation Plan provides a vision for the future of recreation. As a result of extensive research and public participation it reflects the concerns of its citizens and the strategies for implementation as detailed by providers of park and recreation services throughout the state.
An Essential Government Service in PA
If you've never provided this service for your municipality, "Community Recreation and Parks" gives you a starting point. If you currently offer some aspects of public recreation and parks, this handbook will help you enhance and expand your services.
A Guide to Improving Quality of Life by Protecting Natural Resources, this guidebook was created to outline the benefits of enhancing the natural resources in local parks, to maintain the park in a sustainable manner, and to provide a step-by-step guide to help park staff achieve those results.
This newly updated resource guide is designed to help staff and volunteers responsible for managing municipal recreation and parks services wade through the maze of financing possibilities. Whether you are a rookie or an experienced veteran, this publication will be helpful.
Provides answers and advice to help you find and hire the right people to develop and manage your recreation and parks system.
A resource guide to Recreation, Parks and Conservation
This publication provides helpful information to municipal managers, elected officials and recreation and parks boards about cooperating with their neighboring municipalities to provide recreation and parks services, with an emphasis on how to develop a regional recreation agency.
This handbook is organized so that your municipality can more easily understand the elements that go into offering community recreation programs. It focuses on how to plan and implement municipal recreation programs, not how to conduct and supervise individual activities.
The Recreation and Parks Board Handbook, 4th Edition, provides answers and advice to help your board function effectively. It is designed in an easy-to-read format for advisory board members to give them and those interested in establishing them the information needed to successfully provide this government service.
Ideas Better Models for Development in Pennsylvania - Ideas for creating more livable and prosperous communities, is detailed information on six principles for better development, this guide is a helpful tool for local government officials as they plan their communities future. It also contains specific information on available resources to promote models already in existence in the Commonwealth.
Successful land protection can be fairly involved program. These efforts, as explained in the report, involve raising needed funds, proper planning, skillful negotiations, adequate documentation, ongoing management and regular monitoring.
Open Space is a Community Investment Local governments make many types of investments in their communities to provide a high quality of life for their residents, businesses and property owners. When the municipality buys land for open space purposes or purchases development rights on farmland or sensitive environmental areas, those expenditures will result in savings in costs of school district and municipal services.
Whether you are a civic leader, an educator or a planner, this program will provide a model for educating others about the places we live and the choices we make.
Municipalities can manage these park and recreation demands by putting an ordinance in place to require the establishment of new parkland or park capital investments as part of each new development.
This handbook is intended to give EACs, and those interested in establishing them, an understanding of their responsibilities and opportunities for action. It also is intended to provide a framework for the more mundane, but nevertheless essential subjects of the effective organization and operation of EACs.
This handbook is intended as a resource for Pennsylvania's county and municipal leaders and professional planners who seek practical guidance in more effectively implementing the land use and transportation recommendation from their comprehensive plan efforts by adopting an official map.
Capturing Trail-Based Tourism This guide is designed to help leaders in these communities, these “Trail Towns,” take advantage of the economic opportunity that rides or walks into town. It will help you transform your town into a more inviting and memorable tourist destination, and in the process, make your town a better place for your own residents to live, work and play.
A Guide for PA Municipalities This guide is designed to provide Pennsylvania’s municipalities and their advisory groups, such as environmental advisory councils and open space committees, with an overview of conservation easements.
Developed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, this publication reviews best management practices (BMPs) to utilize when planning, designing, constructing and maintaining pedestrian trails for universal accessibility. These BMPS, which derive from federal regulations, are mandatory for federal entities and those working on their behalf but voluntary for all others.
Rails-with-trails are safe, common, and growing. These are the standout findings of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's defining new study on the development of multi-use trails alongside active freight, passenger and tourist rail lines.
The report America's Rails-with-Trails: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors examines the characteristics of 88 rails-with-trails in 33 states, based on a survey of trail managers and the results of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's ongoing study over the past 20 years. It also provides a collection of data, examples and practical tools to assist trail planners and advocates in increasing awareness of the rail-with-trail concept.
Significantly, the findings of America's Rails-with-Trails will now be a crucial tool to advance local and state policies and practices that support rail-with-trail development. We anticipate that data supporting the exemplary safety record of rails-with-trails, and evidence of successful liability protection for railroads and trail managers, will play a key role from now on in negotiations between railroad companies, agencies, trail managers and advocates for continued trail development.
Statewide guidelines to encourage uniform trail construction, maintenance, and signage; and best practices to ensure continued maintenance and future sustainability of trails and related facilities.
2009 User Survey & Economic Impact Analysis
2007 User Survey & Economic Impact Analysis
An Action Plan for Creating Connections
Designed to provide a coordinated and strategic approach to creating connections through the establishment of greenways in the Keystone State.
Provides various government agencies, trail enthusiasts, and private enterprises, organizations and clubs with information on how to plan and design trails.
2006 User Survey.
Ensuring the Future of Your Trail – A Survey of 100 Rail-Trails.
2009 User Survey & Economic Impact Analysis
A Practical Guide to Planning and Development Provides organizations and entrepreneurs information for developing ATV trails or building an OHV track or other facility. Explains the process in planning for an OHV facility.
A Linking Landscapes Resource
A Comparision of Trail User Expenditures 2009
The purpose of this manual is to help you implement a trail user survey and determine the economic impact that your trail has on your community.
This report is a vision of what ecosystem based deer management might entail in large forested areas of the eastern United States, using Pennsylvania as an example.
This guide focuses primarily on birding but you will also find information on many forms of wildlife and habitat. It focuses on natural areas located in a 13-county area of eastern Pennsylvania, the birthplace of American birding.
Conservation by Design
This booklet summarizes how municipalities can use the development process to their advantage to protect interconnected networks of open space: natural areas, greenways, trails and recreational lands.
The concept of green infrastructure is relatively new. Even though many municipalities already possess some key components, communities across the country are just beginning to apply green infrastructure principles to tie them together to form an integrated network of sustainable green spaces.
A guide for Pennsylvania's Municipalities