Local orgs receive grants to preserve region’s assets
October 10, 2012 —
Against an appropriate backdrop of tumbling waterfalls, dramatic rock outcroppings and flaming fall foliage, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) awarded 17 grants totaling $100,000 to representatives of communities and organizations assembled at Ledges Hotel in Hawley on October 3.
All are working to protect and promote cultural and natural assets in the six counties that make up the Pocono Forest and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFW CLI) in Northeast Pennsylvania, including Pike and Wayne counties.
The funded projects work to connect the region’s public lands—parks, forests, waterways, game lands and conserved properties—to their local communities through partnerships that promote sound land-use planning, natural resource conservation and heritage, cultural and nature-based recreation.
Funds are provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Community Conservation Partnerships Program administered through PEC’s Conservation Assistance Program. Grant awards range from $1,500 to $16,800.
“These small grants help communities enhance their sense of place and expand their regional economies by capitalizing on their close-to-home natural resources,” according to 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.”
Locally, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy (DHC) has been awarded a $10,000 grant to expand its Green Lodging Partnership Program (GLPP) through which lodging facilities committed to sustainable practices partner with the DHC to work toward conservation of the Upper Delaware River region’s healthy lands and clean waters.
GLPP participants understand that guests visit the Upper Delaware River region for its natural beauty and abundant outdoor recreational activities. Support for the DHC’s mission to protect the lands and waters of the region helps to assure that the natural assets, which attract tourists and tourism dollars to the region, will be here now and for the future.
With every reservation, guests at participating hotels contribute directly to the DHC.