-The Delaware Highlands Conservancy was one of 17 recipients awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, to promote the cultural and natural assets in the six counties that makes up the Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape in Northeast Pennsylvania.
This landscape includes Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties.
"These small grants help communities enhance their sense of place and expand their regional economies by capitalizing on their close-to-home natural resources," says Carol Hussa, PFW CLI Coordinator. "Mini-grant funds encourage local economic development by funding projects that promote trail usage, outdoor recreation and heritage tourism; to support educational and conservation efforts; hold outdoor festivals; develop promotional guides for sportsmen and green lodging; and much more."
The grants totaled $100,000 and ranged from $1,500 to $16,800, with each recipient providing a dollar-for-dollar local match.
DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Community Conservation Partnership Program provided the funds, and they are administered through the Pennsylvania Environmental Council's Conservation Assistance Program.
The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is doing a green lodging partnership project. Along with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, the following were grant recipients:
Center for Landscape Design and Stewardship, Inc. (green roof project)
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc. (connecting nature to commerce guide)
Friends of Cherry Valley (cherry valley festival)
Friends of Stroud Region Open Space and Recreation Commission (Stroud Region bike ped network)
Greater Hazleton Area Civic Partnership (heath barren signage)
Grey Towers Heritage Association (tree trail signage)
Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority (companion guidebooks project: Lackawanna River Heritage Trail Guidebook and Pennsylvania's Northeast Treasures)
Natural Lands Trust, Inc. (PFW CL mapping project)
Pike County Office of Community Planning (good to great)
Pike County Office of Community Planning (Pike outdoors)
Rail Trail Council of NEPA, Inc. (D and H Trailhead Enhancement)
Wayne County Historical Society (towpath to trail phase four)
Western Wayne School District (middle school environmental education camp at Varden)
Wildlands Conservancy, Inc. (maple track forest conservation and trail plan)
Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA (2012 Downtown WB bicycle and pedestrian count)
Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA (2013 Keystone active zone passport program for Luzerne County)
The Pocono Forests and Waters initiative is among seven statewide conservation landscape programs overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to engage communities and local partners with state agencies and funding partners with the shared goal to conserve and protect regional natural
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A check was given to The Delaware Highlands Conservancy Wednesday at Ledges Hotel in Hawley.