On February 1, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined state Senator John Yudichak and representatives of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in celebration of the Wolf Administration’s recent investment to support a new section of the trail.
On October 3, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) announced that $1 million in PENNVEST-funded grants are being made available to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. The grant application period opening this week also includes $250,000 for trails and projects related to the use of snowmobiles and ATVs.
The DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round opened on October 2 and closes December 20 for these grants.
Funding for Snowmobile/ATV projects is through the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. The accounts are supported by registration fees.
Trail projects include acquisition, planning, development, rehabilitation, or maintenance of designated routes on land for motorized recreation activities. This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance.
To apply, visit the DCNR grant portal.
Cambria Somerset Authority (CSA) has approved a request to support efforts to acquire grant funding to continue the second phase of mountain bike trail development at Quemahoning Lake in Somerset County.
CSA will seek Southern Alleghenies Regional Greenway funds to help the Stonycreek-Quemehoning Initiative and project partners build additional mountain bike trails throughout the property.
Over the past eight months, efforts have been underway to build the first seven miles of trails on the reservoir property, said CSA Chairman Jim Greco. The goal is to create a continuous loop around the lake.
The initial phase of trails are expected to open to the public this spring, and a groundbreaking for the second phase will be held this summer.
DCNR officials recently announced a statewide pilot program to assist landowners with planting forest buffers along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. Forest buffers provide critical barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways, reduce flooding, cool stream temperatures, and improve fish habitat. For additional information about riparian forest buffers in your area, contact your local service forester.
This DCNR grant opportunity will open on August 1 and close September 15 with award announcements expected in late 2016. Eligible grant-funded activities include landowner outreach, buffer design, site preparation and installation, necessary materials, and short term monitoring of planted buffers.
For more information about this pilot program visit the DCNR Riparian Forest Buffers Grant webpage.