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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Bureau of Recreation and Conservation

Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants

November 2012

The DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants for 2012 make an investment of $26.5

million in 198 projects to revitalize communities, create new recreational opportunities, and conserve

natural resources throughout Pennsylvania.

The DCNR grant program combines several funding sources into one. Funding comes from:

 Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93)  Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF)  Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) – federal monies  Pennsylvania Recreational Trails (PRT) – federal monies  Snowmobile/ATV Fund Statewide/Regional Grants Allegheny Ridge Corporation, $200,000 from ESF, to implement the Kiski Valley Outdoor Connections Plan to include installing way-finding signage and interpretive kiosks in host communities; provide technical assistance to partner organizations on community development initiatives; develop tools for outreach and communication; and facilitate the activities of the Main Line Canal Greenway Alliance including the development of boating access areas in Mount Union and Mapleton boroughs, Huntingdon County. Karl King, 814-940-1922.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, $160,000 from ESF, to coordinate the South Mountain Conservation Landscape Initiative; implement the South Mountain Conservation Plan; develop the South Mountain Cultural Heritage and Tourism Initiative; and fund the 2013 mini-grant program. Karen Lutz, 717-258Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority, $60,000 from Key 93, to prepare a state of the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin report and update the Kiski-Conemaugh River Basin Conservation Plan which includes Armstrong, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. Melissa Reckner, 814-444-2669.

Carbon County, $49,500 from Key 93, to update the Lehigh Watershed Conservation Plan for Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Schuylkill and Wayne counties.

Abigail Pattishall, 610-965-4397.

DCNR-Bureau of Forestry, $52,250 from PRT, to fund for three trained seasonal employees to perform routine maintenance and provide visitor information on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. Matt Beaver, 717-783-0379.

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, $250,000 from ESF, to coordinate the Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape Initiative; provide technical services to complete key gaps on the D&L Trail, fund the 2013 mini-grant program; and manage the Trail Tenders, Trail Alliance, and Trail Patrol programs. Elissa M. Garofalo, 610-923-3548.

Endless Mountains Heritage Region, $200,000 from ESF, to coordinate the activities of the Susquehanna River North Branch including cleanups of river islands, conducting sojourns and educational events;

implement the Susquehanna Greenway Rivertowns Program with North Branch rivertowns, complete update to management action plan, and fund the 2013 heritage site and trail mini-grant program. Phillip Swank, 570-265-1528.

HeritagePA, $35,000 from ESF, to develop phase II of a long range strategic and business plan that will guide the continued growth of Pennsylvania’s 12 Heritage Areas and manage HeritagePA activities for 2013-2014. Jane E. Sheffield, 814-940-1922.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority, $145,000 from ESF and Key 93, to manage the continued development of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; implement the trail signage program; conduct trail adoption, event, and beautification programs; coordinate the Heritage Valley Roundtable forums; and fund the 2013 mini-grant program. Dan Perry, 570-963-6730.

Lancaster County Conservancy, $150,000 from ESF, to coordinate the Susquehanna Riverlands; fund the 2013 mini-grant program; advance the land protection and stewardship strategy; and implement trail connection corridor plan. Thomas Stahl, 717-392-7891.

Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, $100,000 from ESF, to further develop the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum and Visitor’s Center; coordinate and promote Lincoln Highway events; manage Laurel Highlands CLI minigrants; and design and construct site improvements at the Lincoln Highway Experience to include areas of porous pavement and a children’s garden. Olga A. Herbert, 724-879-4241.

Lumber Heritage Region of PA, $300,000 from ESF, to provide technical support to partner organizations throughout the Lumber Heritage Region; advance heritage and cultural resource development in the PA Wilds in 2013; and support the work of the PA Wilds Planning Team and the PA Wilds Ombudsman.

Conduct outreach meetings to strengthen the Lumber Heritage Region Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy organization and fund the 2013 mini-grant program. Michael S. Wennin, 814-486-0213.

National Audubon Society, $135,000 from Key 93, to coordinate the Kittatinny Ridge and Appalachian Trail Conservation Project to include developing an educational fact sheet, implementing a volunteer recruitment program to support Bird Towns and friends groups, and enrolling landowners in a land registry program. Jeanne Ortiz, 610-666-5593.

National Audubon Society, $45,000 from Key 93, to develop technical assistance materials and conduct outreach to educate and encourage private land owners to manage forested tracts for sustainable bird habitat. Sarah Sargent, 814-232-3300.

National Road Heritage Corridor, $138,000 from ESF, to coordinate and manage the construction of the Sheepskin Trail; assist in the implementation of the Laurel Highlands Interpretive Plan; implement recommendations of the “Structural Analysis, Design Guide and Marketing Prospectus” in Brownsville’s historic commercial district; research and identify vacant parcels along the National Road corridor for possible acquisition; and pilot a cooperative purchasing program focused on supplying sustainable and green products in Fayette County. Donna R. Holdorf, 724-437-9877.

Natural Lands Trust, $140,000 from ESF, to coordinate the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative. Work to include managing the joint mini-grant program, advancing greenway and trail initiatives, and implementing the compatible economic development plan. Carol De Wolf, 610-353-5640.

Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism, $130,000 from ESF, to provide technical assistance to partner organizations on the development of trails and greenways in Venango and Crawford counties;

produce and install interpretative signage along the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail; and develop traveling exhibits. Marilyn A. Black, 814-677-3152.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council, $28,000 from ESF, to provide technical assistance to water trail managers and the public on the Pennsylvania Water Trails Program in 2013-2014. Work to include coordination of statewide water trail initiatives, website activities, and the development of a documentary on water trails. Hannah Hardy, 412-481-9400.

Pennsylvania Environmental Council, $240,000 from ESF, to coordinate the Laurel Highlands and Pocono Forest & Waters Conservation Landscape Initiatives; fund the Pocono Forest and Waters 2013 mini-grant program; support the Northeast Trails Partnership; coordinate follow up to Balancing Nature and Commerce workshop; advance the Lift Johnstown Initiative; and implement the Ohiopyle joint master plan and Laurel Highlands regional trail prioritization projects. Davitt Woodwell, 412-481-9401.

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, $50,000 from Key 93, to provide grants to land trusts to fund the costs to acquire conservation, trail and fishing access easements; amend and restate old easements;

establish and update baseline documentation; and to install signs on eased lands. Andrew M. Loza, 717Pennsylvania Land Trust Association, $200,000 from ESF and Key 93, to provide outreach, education and technical assistance in 2013-2014 to conservation organizations and local governments. Work to include developing conservation tools and guidance documents; organizing conferences and other trainings; researching and educating on conservation issues; and the management of the Conservation Easement Assistance Program. Andrew M. Loza, 717-230-8560.

Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, $130,000 from ESF to implement the 2013 River of the Year activities; fund the mini-grant river sojourn program; develop educational webinars for sojourn planners; and organize forums with watershed groups on river conservation issues. Janie French, 717-230-8044.

Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, $131,000 from ESF, to provide outreach, education, training and technical assistance in 2013-2015 to support friends groups and volunteers; engage military families in outdoor recreation activities; and implement public relations initiatives including newsletters, social media outreach and an annual report. Marci J. Mowery, 717-236-7644.

Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, $200,000 from ESF, to provide recreation and park outreach, education, training, and technical assistance services in 2013-2014. Work to include conducting grant workshops, organizing trainings including the 2014 PRPS State Conference; management of the RecTAP Program; implementing the Get Outdoors Pennsylvania Local Parks Initiative; and implementing Pennsylvania’s Urban Recreation Action Plan. Karen Burke-Crawford, 814-234-4272.

Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, $58,940 from PRT, to develop trail sessions for 2014 PRPS Conference, host regional trail workshops and webinars, publish Trails to You Newsletter, provide training on ADA assessment tool of trails, and provide technical assistance to local trail groups. Karen Burke-Crawford, 814-234-4272.

Pennsylvania Route 6 Heritage Corporation, $100,000 from ESF, to provide technical assistance to communities along Route 6 to implement their heritage work plans; coordinate the Route 6 Artisan Trail for 2013; and identify and promote trail systems which can connect to Route 6. Terri Dennison, 814-435Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association, $35,000 from Snow/ATV, to further develop statewide navigational signage project by expanding the installation of signs at snowmobile trail intersections in the northeastern counties between Tioga and Pike counties. Lori Elliott, 717-441-6045.

Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association, $60,000 from Snow/ATV, to administer and fund the 2013mini-grant program for trail improvements and grooming projects for snowmobile trails throughout Pennsylvania. Lori Elliott, 717-441-6045.

Pennsylvania Trails Foundation, $35,000 from Snow/ATV, to update the Sensible, Courteous, Off-Road Enthusiasts (SCORE) program curriculum with state of the art technology to present ATV safety training, trail sustainability, environmental stewardship and trail etiquette in a mobile workshop format. Work will include updated training materials and 18 training workshops. Robert Conner, 570-899-0262.

Pennsylvania Trout, $80,000 from ESF, to manage the Coldwater Heritage Partnership Program in 2013 –

2014. Work to include implementing a technical and financial assistance program for coldwater conservation planning and implementation projects; educating the public on the importance of protecting coldwater resources; and working with stakeholders on identifying priorities for protecting Pennsylvania streams. Samantha Kutskel, 814-359-5233.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, $85,000 from ESF, to coordinate and conduct the 2014 Greenway Sojourn;

provide technical assistance to trail organizations; develop and publish a trail user survey; and fund the 2014 mini-grant program. Patricia Tomes, 717-238-1717.

Schuylkill River Greenway Association, $169,000 from ESF, to implement plans to close gaps on the Schuylkill River Trail; coordinate the Bike Schuylkill bike share program for 2013; fund the 2013 minigrant program; and conduct trail and river related events including the 2014 Schuylkill Watershed Congress. Tim Fenchel, 484-945-0200.

Somerset County, $50,000 from Key 93, to prepare feasibility study to identify potential on-road and offroad routes from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County; and identify a conceptual route between the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County to the Liberty Water Gap Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Monroe County. Brad Clemenson, 814-659-3465.

Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, $75,000 from Key 93, to conduct a minigrant program in 2013-2014 that will implement recommendations of the SAP&DC Regional Greenways and Open Space Plan in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntington, and Somerset counties. Anne Stich, 814-949-6505.

Steel Industry Heritage Corporation, $100,000 from ESF, to construct trail head improvements and an alternative energy project at the Pump House and Water Tower site in Munhall, Allegheny County.

Jeffery T. Leber, 412-464-4020.

Susquehanna Heritage Corporation, $100,000 from ESF, to support river tourism marketing through the development of signage, guides, digital media and special events; advance economic development initiatives in river town communities; and complete work on the Zimmerman Center for Heritage. Mark N. Platts, 717-252-0229.

The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership, $165,000 from ESF, to implement the Susquehanna Greenway and Technical Assistance program in 2013-2014. Work to include continued implementation of the Susquehanna Greenway Rivertowns Program, education and training, and water trail coordination and management. Trish Carothers, 570-522-7259.

Grants by County by Grantee Adams Hamilton Township, $12,500 from Key 93, to prepare a trail feasibility study for an approximately 1.3mile abandoned rail corridor in East Berlin Borough and Hamilton Township. Virginia P. Zickafoose, 717-332-0096.

Allegheny Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority, $300,000 from Key 93, for the development of a Sports and Athletics Complex in Coraopolis Borough, Moon and Robinson townships to include the construction of a multi-purpose field; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Heather Westenzweig, 412-350-1074.

Allegheny Land Trust, $420,000 from Key 93, for the acquisition of approximately 140 acres located along North Montour Road in Richland Township for passive recreation and headwaters protection. Roy Kraynyk, 412-741-2750.

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