FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2018
Pocono Forests & Waters Conservation Landscape
Announces 2018 Mini-Grant Awards
CONTACT: Janet Sweeney, 570-718-6507
Luzerne, PA — Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape is pleased to announce 2018 Mini-Grantees:
- Countryside Conservancy – $10,000 to build 2.6 miles of single track trails on the 82-acre Gardner Preserve adjacent to Lackawanna State Park.
- Delaware Highlands Conservancy – $9,050 to support the Women and Their Woods educational initiative coordinated by the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and its partners to create a network of landowners and natural resources professionals working together to connect with and care for private forest lands.
- Downtown Hawley Partnership – $7,500 to complete the Hawley Trail extension connecting the Wayne County Historical Society Lock 31 trail to the Hawley Borough’s existing trails at Riverside Park with a comprehensive trail guide and trail side signage.
- East Penn Twp./Park Commission – $7,400 to enhance Riverview Parks’s new primitive camping area with a well, hand pump, and steps between the camp and the well at the D&L Trailhead.
- Greater Carbondale YMCA – $10,000 to develop a family-oriented, 3.5-acre wellness park with an ADA-accessible trail loop, seating, natural playground, splash pad, pavilion, and sports fields.
- Lacawac Sanctuary – $2,250 to create Get Outside, Get Healthy! Guidebooks with trail, map, and facility information about nature-based activities for health and wellness on Pike and Wayne County public lands.
- Penn Kidder/Jim Thorpe ASD – $2,800 to establish a garden to teach the school community about natural resources; develop a sense of stewardship in students; and make the garden an integral aspect of the science curriculum.
- West End Park Open Space Commission – $5,000 to develop 900 linear feet of an all-inclusive, shared use connector trail at West End Regional Park.
- Wildlands Conservancy – $3,000 for boardwalk/trail construction at the Maple/Haase Preserve to provide/enhance access to greenway/trail network connecting over 1000 acres of Fern Ridge Bog openspace.
- Wilkes University – $3,000.00 for a four-day Environmental Science Camp utilizing two parks, a trail, and University facilities to educate students on soil, air, and water quality/quantity issues.
About the Mini-Grants Program
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), under the Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape, has been implementing a mini-grant program within the Landscape for several years thanks to funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The mini-grant program funds projects that support the PFW Landscape goals of Conservation, Community and Connections.
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is a statewide organization that brings people, government, and business together to find real world solutions for environmental challenges. These solutions bring about sustainable communities, protect our water resources, and address energy and climate issues. PEC was founded in 1970 and serves the entire state through offices in Luzerne, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.