Land acquisition grants help local communities and non-profit land trusts buy land for public parks and open space to be enjoyed by all for generations to come. This year’s $17 million in grants will together help protect more than 13,000 acres across Pennsylvania.
Trail grants help support the planning, construction, and rehabilitation of both motorized and non-motorized trails. The announced grants total $7.6 million and will support the construction or rehabilitation of nearly 37 miles of trails.
Funding to support these grants comes from multiple state and federal sources, including:
- Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund
- Environmental Stewardship Fund
- Land and Water Conservation Fund
- Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program
- ATV and Snowmobile restricted accounts
A few examples of funded projects include:
- $2,000,000 to Wildlands Conservancy to acquire 3,798 acres to expand Hickory Run State Park in Carbon County
- $500,000 to Bart Township in Lancaster County to construct nine miles of the Enola Low Grade Trail
- $125,000 to Allegheny County to acquire 21 acres in Hampton Township to expand North Park