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Lehigh Valley Greenways Awards $85,000 to Conservation and Recreation Projects

Lehigh Valley Greenways - Lehigh Valley Greenways Awards $85,000 to Conservation and Recreation Projects

< Back to News RoomMay 15th, 2018 | Blog, Press Releases

Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape announced 18 local recipients of mini grant awards during an ceremony on May 3 at Lafayette’s Buck Hall Outdoor Arts Plaza along the Bushkill Stream in Easton. The event included remarks by Lehigh Valley Greenways leaders from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) and a showcase of a new nature, art, and science phone app for the Karl Stirner Arts Trail created by

Nurture Nature Center through funding from Lehigh Valley Greenways.

The 2018 application period closed on March 2 and attracted a large group of applications requesting just shy of $125,000. Lehigh Valley Greenways awarded the available $85,000 to 18 recipients throughout the two-county region to advance the goals of land conservation/restoration, outdoor recreation, community revitalization, and environmental education.


2018 mini grant recipients:

  • Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley, $10,000 to support Master Watershed Steward projects for a monofilament disposal program, residential demo garden limiting pesticides and herbicides, and multifunctional riparian buffer
  • Friends of Johnston, Inc, $9,500 to complete a study and restoration plan for a bog on Archibald Johnston Preserve and begin removing invasive and replanting native plants
  • Community Bike Works, $7,800 to provide outdoor education to urban students through trail bike rides, conservation careers leadership program, and a trail work day
  • Wildlands Conservancy, $6,000 to complete a riparian buffer gap analysis for Lehigh and Northampton counties, create a list of feasible projects, and plant a pilot project
  • City of Easton, $5,000 to build a bicycle playground in Hugh Moore Park for children 4+ years including a tunnel to ride through and natural winding dirt path
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College, $5,000 to create three native plant, pollinator gardens on campus through the research and coordination of students, faculty, and volunteers
  • Lehigh Gap Nature Center, $5,000 for field supplies and training a class of Color of Nature interns to lead bilingual environmental programs in urban parks
  • Plainfield Township, $5,000 to create and adopt an Official Map and corresponding Ordinance to utilize Open Space EIT funds to protect high priority natural areas
  • Wildlands Conservancy, $5,000 to hire a consultant to develop and manufacture a map and interpretive sign for the Jordan Creek Greenway about the trail and conservation story
  • Nurture Nature Center, $4,800 to expand the nature journaling program by creating three “sit spots” in Easton and holding workshops for the public and educators
  • Bushkill Township, $4,000 to construct matted swales and a rain garden along the parking area of the Ballas Tract incorporating best management practices (BMPs) for stormwater
  • City of Easton, $3,500 to create three native plant pollinator gardens in Hugh Moore Park to educate visitors and provide wildlife habitat
  • Lafayette College, $3,400 to create a trail counter system for Karl Stirner Arts Trail with multiple trail counts and in-person surveying to increase data and support closing trail gaps
  • Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, $3,000 to create a trailhead visitors’ center in Slatington on weekends to promote trails, community programs, and local businesses
  • Delaware Valley Green Building Council, $2,700 to hold a workshop for school personnel about creating healthier, more energy efficient schools
  • Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition, $2,250 to provide scholarships to Lehigh Valley youth groups to experience the Delaware River Sojourn
  • Northampton County Conservation District, $1,550 to promote conservation education with an Act 48 Teacher Workshop about invasive species and how to safely and effectively remove them
  • Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority, $1,500 to hold an outdoor recreation food truck festival on July 28 in Walnutport to promote a variety of outdoor education and recreation opportunities

A program of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Lehigh Valley Greenways is one of seven Conservation Landscapes supported by Pennsylvania DCNR. It includes more than 25 organizations and municipal partners in Lehigh and Northampton Counties dedicated to the conservation of and connection to our natural resources.

For more information on Lehigh Valley Greenways and the mini grant program, please explore the website or contact Claire Sadler at 610-923-3548 ext 226.