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TRCP in Pennsylvania

With a wealth of natural resources that fuel an ardent outdoor heritage, Pennsylvania’s hunters and anglers are proud to live and recreate in a state with a strong legacy of state conservation funding initiatives that safeguard these amenities for future generations. Along with 2.2 million acres of state-managed forests and 124 state parks, the state’s $58-billion outdoor recreation economy ensures public access for the benefit of all people while revitalizing communities across the Commonwealth.

Pennsylvania Projects

The TRCP currently focuses its conservation efforts on the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River watersheds within Pennsylvania. Our organization, along with a powerful network of in-state partners, unifies and advances the voices of hunters, anglers, and conservationists around key initiatives focused on solutions to land and water-use challenges. The TRCP also works to provide better public access to fish and wildlife resources.

FEATURED PROJECT

SUCCESS STORY: OUTDOOR RECREATION IN PENNSYLVANIA UP 26%

SUCCESS STORY: OUTDOOR RECREATION IN PENNSYLVANIA UP 26%

New research finds that hunting, fishing, biking, camping, and other activities drove $58 billion in statewide spending

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How we work

  • We build strong coalitions and empower thought leaders from the sportsmen/sportswomen-conservation community in Pennsylvania, to identify and work toward shared public policy goals around conserving habitat and funding conservation programs in the state.
  • We use public education tools to effectively advance public policy in the state’s General Assembly through strategic campaigns, grassroots organizing, and scientific research.
  • We create and maintain relationships with the Governor’s office, state agencies, hunting and fishing organizations, and regional and local businesses, creating champions for the sportsmen/sportswomen’s agenda to restore and maintain healthy rivers.
  • We believe identifying opportunities to expand current state funding sources for conservation, water quality protection, and outdoor recreation access will protect Pennsylvania’s rich hunting, fishing, and trapping traditions, ensuring they can be enjoyed for generations to come.

THE ISSUES

Delaware River Watershed

Assuring the highest level of state protections for the Commonwealth’s best trout streams.

Chesapeake Bay/Watershed

Advocating for additional state funds to ensure Pennsylvania reaches its goals set forth by the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint and the state’s latest watershed implementation plan (Phase III WIP).

State-Level Conservation Funding

Promoting the benefits of the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Stewardship Fund on water quality improvement, fish and wildlife habitat, and public land facilities.

Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Economy

Educating key decision-makers within the state on the impact of the Commonwealth’s $58-billion outdoor recreation economy.

Meet the team

Alexandra Kozak, Pennsylvania Field Manager

Alexandra Kozak joined the TRCP in October 2021 as its Pennsylvania field manager.

Alex was most recently a government relations and grant writing consultant with Aspire Grant & Development LLC, working on a variety of clients’ funding needs. She has over 14 years of experience in public policy and political outreach. Previously, Alex served as manager of government and community relations in Duquesne University’s Office of Community Engagement. As district director for former Congressman Keith Rothfus, she oversaw the Representative’s Western Pennsylvania operations. Prior to joining Rothfus’ staff, she lobbied on local, state, and federal issues in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Pittsburgh office. Alex also worked for the former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, as his legislative director while he was vice chair of the House Budget Committee and a member of the House Ways and Means and Education and Workforce committees. Prior to that, Alex was finance and budget director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where she was responsible for the committee’s quarterly reporting to the Federal Election Commission. Off Capitol Hill, she has also worked for The Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Alex earned her B.S. from Saint Vincent College and her M.S. from California University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Certificate of Study in British Politics from the University of Cambridge. Alex has participated in congressional fellowships with the Cato Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Partnership for a Secure America. In 2018, Alex was named one of The Incline’s Who’s Next in Politics and a finalist for Junior Achievement’s Inspiring Success Non-Profit Award.

Alex resides in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa., with her husband and son.

Pennsylvania Program Updates

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Image Credits: Image of trout, top of page - Noah Davis; Image of stream, top of page - Noah Davis; Image of man hunting in the snow, top of page - Noah Davis; Image of couple fishing, top of page - Noah Davis; Image of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay/Watershed - Alicia Pimental/Chesapeake Bay Program; Image of trout, State-Level Conservation Funding - Noah Davis; Image of hunter walking through field, Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Economy - Noah Davis;

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