WPC to Fund New Canoe and Kayak Access Points in 2010

Mon, Mar 1st 2010, 10:42. Filed under News Releases.

Blairsville, Pa. – March 1, 2010 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Canoe Access Development Fund helps to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation. The Conservancy currently 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. 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,” said Mary Shaw.


“When setting up the fund, we wanted to establish it with an organization that was committed to conservation, outdoors, water trails, and getting people engaged with the natural world; that had expertise in working with local landowners; that had been around for a while; and that was not dependent on the enthusiasm of one person. Given these criteria, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy was the natural choice."

An online application, including a complete list of requirements, is available at www.waterlandlife.org/112/conserving-water. Applications must be postmarked by April 7, 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.



About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) enhances the region’s quality of life by protecting and restoring exceptional places. A nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC established six state parks and has conserved more than 228,000 acres of natural lands and waterways. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Mill Run, Pa. that symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 140 community gardens and greenspaces that are planted with the help of 10,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 9,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

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