DCNR awards grants in Laurel Highlands

This is a repost of part of the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative November 2010 E Blast Update, Vol 2, No 7.

The Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative (CLI) is a partnership that strives to raise the region’s quality of life while crafting a model of sustainable development tied to the natural and cultural assets of the region. The initiative connects communities and partners in the area with state agencies and funding partners to conserve and protect the high quality assets and enhance the region’s economic viability.

 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources has created seven CLIs.  Pennsylvania Environmental Council is proud to serve as lead external partner to the Laurel Highlands CLI.

Creation of a new mini-grant program for the Laurel Highlands CLI was included in several grants recently announced by the state Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. The mini-grants will be administered jointly by the Lincoln Highway and National Road heritage corridors, each of which received $180,000 for the mini-grants, to develop an Iphone application, and to help implement the Laurel Highlands CLI and programs along their respective corridors. National Road will also support development of the Sheepskin Trail in Fayette County.

Somerset County, $517,600 to install a concrete arch culvert in Garrett Borough under State Route 2037 and construct trail through the culvert to improve the flow and safety of the Great Allegheny Passage.

Downtown West Newton, $250,000 to develop a plaza, wood decking, ADA access, landscaping and related improvements Simeral Square.

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, $20,000 to prepare a scenic corridor protection plan for the Great Allegheny Passage and scenic by-ways and heritage corridors, and $250,000 to purchase 137 acres along Jimtown Road in Somerset County for passive recreation and habitat protection.

Regional Trail Corporation, $20,000 to coordinate work on the last mile of the Great Allegheny Passage in Pittsburgh.

Allegheny Ridge Heritage Landscape Partnership, $230,000 to support partner organizations and heritage initiatives, including the Pennsylvania Main Line Canal Greenway.

Johnstown City, $34,000 to expand Somerset Street Park, including a rain garden, plaza and landscaping. The project is part of Lift Johnstown. 

Latrobe-Unity-Youngstown Parks & Recreation Commission, $103,500 to improve Cardinal Park in Latrobe Borough with courts, a trail and playground equipment.

Westmoreland County, $166,000 to acquire four contiguous parcels of 99 acres along Round Top Road, Murrysville, to connect Duff and Pleasant Valley Parks and for habitat and riparian protection.


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