Indiana, Pa. – Sept. 25 – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is now seeking grant applications for new 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. The Conservancy is now taking applications for the 2015 construction season.

Proposed new access sites should be located along a stream or river featured in “Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia” (located online at, a similar text 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.

“We have assisted with the completion of more than twenty projects through the five years the canoe access development fund has been operating,” said Eli Long, a watershed manager and the fund’s coordinator at the Conservancy. “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. The opportunity to do that is what helps create and strengthen our next generations of conservationists.”

An online application, including a complete list of requirements, is available at Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 15 and grant recipients will be notified by Dec. 15.

Questions concerning the Canoe Access Development Fund may be directed to Eli Long at WPC’s Watershed Conservation office at 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 235,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 1,500 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 12,500 volunteers. The work of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is accomplished through the support of nearly 11,000 members. For more information, visit

Media contact:

Kristen Blevins
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
412-586-2328 (office)