WPC to Fund New Canoe and Kayak Access Points in 2011

Wed, Sep 8th 2010, 08:58. Filed under News Releases.

Blairsville, Pa. – September 8, 2010 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s Canoe Access Development Fund helps to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation. WPC is now seeking applications for new projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways through this fund in 2011.

Those interested in helping to connect people to Western Pennsylvania’s waterways should start by applying to the fund. Proposed new access sites must be located along Class 2 or Class 3 streams or rivers and be located in Western Pennsylvania.

Accepted applicants will receive up to $4,000 per site for the construction and enhancement of canoe and kayak access locations. The funds received by participants could be used to create stabilized access areas to rivers or streams in multiple ways, including but not limited to adding nearby parking areas or purchasing riverside access.

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 WaterLandLife.org/112. Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2010, and grant recipients will be notified by October 31.

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 private nonprofit conservation organization founded in 1932, WPC helped to establish ten 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 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.

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