2012-03-10 / Outdoors

Grant $ available for ‘Greenways’ projects

Local governments that are interested in expanding the Northcentral Pa. Greenways Network are eligible to apply for state grants of up to $25,000.

Although trail groups and conservation organizations are not eligible for direct funding, they may partner with a township or borough to apply.

Intent of the program is to provide funding for smaller conservation and natural resource-based projects. Grants must be matched by in-kind services and/or cash. Deadline for applications is Friday, March 23.

For more information, visit the website ncentralgreenways.com or call Tom Buck at 814-773- 3162, ext. 3012.

Goal of the Greenways program is to encourage economic development and tourism, conservation of natural resources, and improved recreational opportunities. Public and private agencies have been working on plans to develop a series of naturebased recreation trails.

Among regional priorities are these:

• Austin Dam Trail, from the town to the park;

• Norfolk Southern Trail, along the rail corridor in Cameron County;

• Pine Creek Trail Extension, near Galeton;

• Allegheny Trail, from Wharton south into Cameron County;

• Triple Divide/Genesee River Wilds Corridor;

• Port Allegany to Coudersport trail, paralleling Rt. 6;

• Coudersport to Shinglehouse trail, following a former railroad bed;

• North Border Trail, from the Triple Divide to Genesee and on to the Buffalo and Rochester areas through the Genesee River Wilds corridor.

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