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March 2010

Apply for Funds to Create or Improve Canoe and Kayak Access Points in 2010


The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Canoe Access Development Fund helps to bring people closer to the region’s rivers and streams for enjoyment of the great outdoors. This month, the Conservancy seeks applications for new projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways through this fund in 2010.

Winning applications will receive up to $4,000 per site for the construction and enhancement of canoe and kayak access locations to Western Pennsylvania waterways. Funds may be used to create stabilized access areas to rivers or streams, add parking areas for a few vehicles, or purchase riverside access, among other uses.

Proposed new access sites must be located along Class 2 or Class 3 streams or rivers in Western Pennsylvania.

The Canoe Access Development Fund was established by longtime Conservancy members and outdoor enthusiasts Roy Weil and Mary Shaw, who believe in the importance of connecting people to nature through hands-on experiences.

"For years we have enjoyed canoeing the many varied streams of Western Pennsylvania,” said Mary Shaw. “Getting others out on the streams provides them a way to connect with the natural environment and appreciate the outdoors. We wanted to make it easier for ourselves and others to do this.”

An online application, including a complete list of requirements, is available at www.waterlandlife.org/112/conserving-water. Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2010, and grant recipients will be notified in April.

If you have any questions concerning the Canoe Access Development Fund or completing your application, please contact Eli Long at WPC’s Watershed Conservation office at elong@paconserve.org or (724) 459-0953 ext. #106.

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