Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Seeks Applications for Funding of Canoe and Kayak Access Sites

Tue, May 12th 2009, 09:00. Filed under News Releases.

Blairsville, Pa. – May 12, 2009 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is now accepting applications to fund projects that will establish or improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways. Selected applicants will receive up to $4,000 from WPC’s Canoe Access Development Fund for projects that improve waterway recreation opportunities across Western Pennsylvania.

Online applications are available on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy website at www.waterlandlife.org/112/conserving-water. Applications must be postmarked by July 13, 2009. Sites will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the WPC Watershed Conservation staff and grant recipients will be notified by mid-August.

Funding may be used for the following expenses:

  • Adding parking area(s) for a small number of 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
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 was responsible for the founding of six state parks and has conserved nearly 225,000 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 8,300 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of more than 10,300 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.


Media contact:
Stephanie Kraynick
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
(412) 586-2358


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