Indiana, Pa. – Oct. 29 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) is now seeking 2015 grant applications for the Canoe Access Development Fund, which supports projects that will improve canoe and kayak access to the region’s waterways.
WPC’s Canoe Access Development Fund helps to make the region’s rivers and streams more accessible for outdoor recreation by providing grants for developing rustic access sites.
“When we started canoeing, access to some of the streams in western Pennsylvania was problematic,” said Roy Weil, co-founder of the fund. “Getting more people out on the streams provides them a way to connect with the natural environment and appreciate the outdoors. We hope this turns them on to nature and gets them involved in preserving the great natural heritage of the area.”
Proposed new access sites should be located along a stream or river featured in “Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia,” a similar guidebook or resource, or be recognized as a paddling waterway 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 in multiple ways, including but not limited to stabilizing access areas to rivers or streams, adding nearby parking areas or purchasing riverside access.
“Not only do these projects improve access to our region’s waterways, they also provide an avenue for folks to immerse themselves in the great diversity of ecosystems we have nearby,” said Eli Long, a watershed manager and the fund’s coordinator at the Conservancy.
An online application, including a complete list of requirements, is available at WaterLandLife.org/371/. Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 20 and grant recipients will be notified by Dec. 18.
Questions concerning the Canoe Access Development Fund may be directed to Eli Long at WPC’s Watershed Conservation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 471-7202 ext. 5105.
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 has helped to establish ten state parks, conserved more than 252,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Conservancy owns and operates Fallingwater, which symbolizes people living in harmony with nature. In addition, WPC enriches our region’s cities and towns through 130 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of about 12,000 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of nearly 10,000 members. For more information, visit WaterLandLife.org.