Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Yaw Announces State Investments Protecting Watersheds, Enhancing Local Park and Trail Recreation


State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today announced several state investments for local watersheds, as well as park and trail projects throughout the 23rd Senatorial District.

The projects are part of $44 million, distributed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), for 266 projects across Pennsylvania that will create new recreational opportunities, conserve natural resources and help revitalize local communities.

Yaw noted that local projects include the renovation of the Nippenose Valley Park in Limestone Township, Lycoming County, funding local heritage area initiatives and projects planting riparian buffers along the Susquehanna River.

“I’m happy the investments approved this week will aid to protect natural amenities and improve recreational activities for our citizens,” Sen. Yaw said.  “It’s important that we continue to improve our land and water conservation practices, so that we can enjoy them for years to come.”

Local and regional grants announced across Sen. Yaw’s District include:

Limestone Township, $50,000, Rehabilitation and further development of Nippenose Valley Park, Lycoming County. Work to include installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. (Awarded through Key – Community)

Chesapeake Conservancy Inc., $50,000, Construction of approximately 10 acres of riparian forest buffers, Juniata River, and Susquehanna watersheds in Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Union counties. Work to include landowner outreach and engagement; buffer plantings and post-planting establishment and other related site improvements.  (Awarded through Key – Rivers)

Endless Mountains Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc., $50,000, Construction of approximately 11 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Upper Susquehanna and West Branch Susquehanna watersheds in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties. Work to include landowner outreach and engagement; buffer plantings and post-planting establishment and other related site improvements. (Awarded through Key – Rivers)

Endless Mountains Heritage Region, Inc., $225,000, Coordinate and fund heritage area initiatives including management of the North Branch Susquehanna River Water Trail and 2018 youth river sojourn and completing a region-wide census of cultural assets and tourism infrastructure. Work to include a written summary report. (Statewide/Regional)

The C2P2 Program includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and several federal funding sources.  The Program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.