WPC Seeks Grant Applicants for New Canoe Access Development Fund
Mon, Aug 11th 2008, 14:09. Filed under News Releases.
Blairsville, PA – August 11, 2008 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is currently accepting applications for the establishment and improvement of canoe and kayak access sites to our region’s waterways through its new Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF). Selected applicants will receive up to $4,000 to be used to improve waterway recreation access locations in Western Pennsylvania.
Online applications are available on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy website at www.waterlandlife.org/112/conserving-water. Applications must be postmarked by September 5, 2008. Sites will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the WPC Watershed Conservation staff and grant awardees will be notified by early October.
Funding may be used for the following expenses:
- Adding parking area(s) for a few vehicles
- Creating stabilized access areas and paths to the waterway
- Purchase of voluntary conservation agreements and/or riverside properties (where appropriate)
- Paying for a portion of a larger land tract for access (where appropriate)
- Upgrading an existing access location
Among the eligibility requirements, the site must be located on a Class 2 or 3 waterway in Western Pennsylvania. Other eligibility requirements are included on the application.
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 (724) 459-0953 ext. #106.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Conservancy has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.
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