Lehigh Valley Greenways

Lehigh Valley Greenways MINI GRANTS

Stimulus for collaborative action to implement ready-to-go conservation and outdoor recreation projects

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Mini Grants Produce Exceptional Results

The success of Lehigh Valley Greenways is based in large part on the effective working relationship between the state lead and funder, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), and local lead and administrative entity, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (DLNHC), and the network of partners from non-profit organizations, county and municipal government. This three-tiered approach, coordinated by DLNHC, allows partners to target funding, pool resources, and move projects forward.

Perhaps the most high profile contribution of the conservation landscape has been its awarding and administration of Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants, which have spurred dozens of innovative projects across the region. From urban forestry initiatives and trail design to signage and technical publications, Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants assist non-profits, municipalities, and educational institutions to accomplish a variety of projects to benefit residents of the Lehigh Valley.

The DLnhc and DCNR provide technical assistance to grantees throughout the process, helping our partners navigate reimbursements, make contact with state agencies, and implement sustainable policies. In short, we ensure that any project worth funding succeeds to the fullest extent possible and follows the highest standards for sustainability.

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“The Conservation Landscape Initiative made a big difference here, it has brought funding and focus to a region that has a lot of potential and enabled us to develop that potential in a far shorter time period than we would be able to do otherwise.” – Jan Creedonformer Director of General Services for Lehigh County

2024 Mini Grant Guidelines & Instructions


Lehigh Valley Greenways is one of eight Conservation Landscapes supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The Greenways Partnership includes more than 25 organizations and municipal partners dedicated to the conservation of and connection to natural resources in the Lehigh Valley region.

The Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L). The purpose of the mini grant program is to inspire collaborative, strategic approaches to regional conservation and/or outdoor recreation opportunities and to implement ready-to-go projects that protect and promote the natural resources of the Lehigh Valley and advance the goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways.

Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape Vision:

Lehigh Valley communities are linked to greenways, trails, and outdoor experiences resulting in stronger local economies and improved public health, green infrastructure and natural resources.

Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape Goals:
  1. Land Conservation & Restoration Conserve critical landscapes, restore buffered stream corridors, and promote best management practices
  2. Outdoor Recreation & Trail Connections Connect people to greenway and trail opportunities to promote healthy living, recreation, and the region’s green assets
  3. Community Revitalization Support community revitalization through green infrastructure that enhances the quality of life
  4. Local Education & Outreach Promote understanding of our natural environment and its benefits to our communities
2024 Mini Grant Program Priorities:
  • (Municipalities) Adoption model ordinances and/or an official map to protect natural resources and improve bicycle/pedestrian connections
  • Implementation ecological restoration projects (ex. stream habitat improvements, riparian buffers, native grass/wildflower meadows, rain gardens, no-mow areas along streams and in public parks)
  • Hosting diversity, equity and inclusion events, trainings and workshops that advance the goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways
  • Improvement of  THE LINK, Lehigh Valley’s growing multi-use trail network (ex. close trail gaps, install safety and directional signage, create safe road crossings, add trail amenities)
  • Incorporation climate change adaptation strategies into all relevant projects
Who is eligible?
  • Non-profit organizations with tax-exempt 501c3 status and registered with PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations**Selected applicants will need to provide proof of both 501c3 and BCO registration numbers
  • Municipalities, municipal agencies (COG, MPO, municipal authority), county conservation districts
  • Educational institutions (Lehigh Valley colleges and universities, public/private schools)
What kind of project is eligible?

Eligible project types are educational programs/workshops, special purpose studies, or implementation projects. Eligible projects should advance the Lehigh Valley Greenways vision and goals and be consistent with previously completed local, county, and regional plans such as open space, greenway, trail, recreation, comprehensive, watershed and/or rivers conservation plans. The list of plans and recommendations directly addressed by the proposed project should be included in the application narrative.

Projects should be single-year projects with a secure 50% or greater match and must be located in the Lehigh Valley region (Lehigh or Northampton County). Grant requests that fall outside Lehigh and Northampton Counties should be submitted to a separate Conservation Landscape (if within one of their regions).  Grant requests near the Kittatinny Ridge within Lehigh and Northampton Counties should contact us to discuss whether they are best suited for Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants or Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape funding.

What projects and expenses are NOT eligible?

Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants will not fund membership drives or fundraising, real estate acquisition or property easements, or any projects not entirely related to at least one of the four goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways.

Ineligible grant expenditures include:

  • Reimbursement for any expenses prior to the effective start date listed on signed agreement.
  • In-house professional services (grantee staff) greater than 50% of the total amount of awarded grant (does not apply to matching funds, only to reimbursement funds). The billable rate officially established by grantee governing body can include hourly wage, fringe benefits, and operational overhead costs.
  • Award items, free giveaways, or promotional items (certificates, trophies, plaques, tshirts, hats, magnets, pins, etc) – (does not apply to matching funds, only to reimbursable grant funds).
  • Indirect costs, general operations or overhead charges (rent, utilities, website hosting).
  • Power equipment (lawn mowers, chain saws, weed wackers).
  • Grants, scholarships or fellowships to be given by the grant recipient to a third party. (Grant funds may be used to pay up to $100 a day for either substitute teachers or teacher stipends to enable teachers to participate in Lehigh Valley Greenways grant funded programs. Grant funds may also be used to provide classroom supplies purchased by the grantee to enable teachers to implement new programs, but not to provide cash payments to teachers for these supplies.)
Application Restrictions

Each applicant is limited to a maximum of two project applications per grant round. Applicants with multiple project ideas are encouraged to contact Kathleen Ward for advice on prioritizing your projects. Applications that have been funded by another Conservation Landscape are ineligible. Applicants are strongly discouraged from repeatedly applying for mini grant funding to support the same project.

  • Funding for the Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini Grant Program comes from Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund through a grant to the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, which administers the mini-grant program. All mini-grant recipients will need to include the DCNR following funding citation and three accompanying logos on any printed materials, products or signs (brochures, flyers, completed plans, educational handouts, etc.) and send a picture of the acknowledgement with closeout.
    “This project was completed in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape. Funding was provided in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc.”
  • For the 2024 round, there is $75,000 available.
  • Grant requests shall be a minimum of $1,000 and not to exceed $15,000, with total project costs at least twice the grant request. Requested grant amounts should be rounded down to the nearest $100 increment.
  • Mini grants are on a reimbursement basis so the mini grantee will be expected to expend eligible project costs then submit for 50% reimbursement of total costs up to the awarded mini grant amount. All mini grants must be matched with cash and/or eligible non-cash (in-kind) contributions at a minimum ratio of 1:1. Example: Grant Request (50% or less) + Eligible Match (50% or more) = Total Project Cost (100%). Your application MUST include support letters from any partner organization(s) that states the agreed upon donation amount or value to be used as match. Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants may not be used to fulfill match requirements for other DCNR funded grant projects and DCNR funds may not be used as match for mini grants.
  • Mini grantees are responsible for following the competitive bidding requirements that apply to their organizations. These vary based on whether the organization is a municipality or a non-profit. Mini grantees not familiar with the applicable bidding requirements are strongly advised to consult with their solicitor/attorney.
  • Reimbursement may be applied for in one complete payment or broken into two payments, one mid-way through the project and the remaining funds after completion of the project. If requesting two payments, at least ten percent (10%) of the mini-grant award will be held until all final reporting is submitted complete and accurate.

2024 Mini Grant Schedule

Monday, Jan. 29,  2024 –Application period opens using online application form on Lehigh Valley Greenways website –

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024 Pre-application meeting held in-person at Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor headquarters, located at the National Canal Museum, from 9am-11am. Address: 2750 Hugh Moore Park Road, Easton, PA 18042.  Register here.
**All potential applicants must attend a pre-application meeting or schedule a separate meeting with Brit Kondravy to discuss your projects. Sending a representative to the pre-application meeting is strongly preferred.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Friday, March 8, 2024 at 4:00pm– Application period closes and online application form is no longer available. Apply by 4pm at

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 – Projects are reviewed and selected by review committee

April 2024 – Mini grant awards are announced and grant agreements mailed

May 1, 2024 – Project start date *only if agreements are signed and returned to DLNHC

November 30, 2025 – Project completion and closeout

Review Process

Grant awards are made on a competitive basis. Applications will be initially screened to ensure all application requirements have been submitted. Then applications will be reviewed by a small committee of current Lehigh Valley Greenways partners who meet DCNR conflict of interest requirements and ranked based on:

  1. Completeness of the application (scope of work, budget, timeline, narrative describing relevant LVG goals and existing local plans, confirmed match with commitment letters, drawings/maps/photos, partner list, letters of support) and
  2. How well the project:
    • Aligns with annual mini grant priorities
    • Supports Lehigh Valley Greenways vision/goals
    • Implements actions listed in existing local plans
    • Identifies and secures required match
    • Promotes partner collaboration
    • Includes the use of best management practices
    • Incorporates climate change adaptation strategies
  3. Applicant’s LVG grant management for past three rounds

The review committee reserves the right to request additional information to supplement the submitted application as needed. Applications will be listed as SELECTED for funding, NOT SELECTED for funding, or held as a HIGH VALUE PROJECT to be considered for funding if resources become available before the next mini grant application process.

Mini Grant FAQs
When is the application deadline?

See “Timeline” above.

What projects are eligible?

Eligible projects are single-year education, planning and implementation projects located within Northampton and Lehigh Counties .

What are the grant request limits?

Grant requests are limited to minimum of $1,000 and maximum of $15,000. All requests should be rounded down to the nearest $100 increment.

For large projects ($20,000 and greater) and land acquisition projects, apply directly to DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) and contact Lorne Possinger, DCNR Regional Advisor

What is considered eligible local match?

Eligible local match can include:

  • Cash match that is secured and available when you list the match on your grant application.
  • Eligible in-kind values for mini grantee staff labor and professional services; hourly billable rate multiplied by number of hours performing job task/service directly related to the project = total value (requires time sheet documentation)
  • Donated professional service, materials, and equipment by a professional in the discipline of the service provided; include donated value of materials, hourly billable rate for labor/service and hourly or daily billable rate for equipment use multiplied by number of hours/days; documentation must be included on business letterhead of the donator 
  • Volunteer services (non-skilled labor) valued up to the current Pennsylvania Independent Sector Volunteer Rate at the time the service was performed for individuals age 18 and older; service performed by individuals under age 18 will be valued at the Pennsylvania minimum wage rate
  • All projects and project related costs and funding must conform to the guidelines outlined in the PA DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program here

When do we need the cash match available?

Cash match should be secured and available when you list the match on your grant application.

Can I match the mini grant to a DCNR grant?

No, the mini grant program is funded through a DCNR funding source, and you cannot match DCNR funds to DCNR funds.

What are the terms and conditions of the grant agreement if I am awarded a mini-grant?

All applicants must adhere to the DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) requirements for eligibility, eligible and ineligible costs, and post-completion mini grant requirements. These include but are not limited to:

  • Agree to include the following notice and accompanying logos recognizing the funding in all announcements, published material and signage relating to the project: “This project was completed in partnership with the Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape. Funding was provided in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Inc.” 
  • Mini-grantee will maintain a separate project file which shall include the original application, executed mini-grant agreement with DLNHC, copies of all contracts related to the project, copies of all relevant correspondence regarding the administration of the project, and transactions and documentation of use of project funds.
  • Agreement to provide proper closeout documentation: completed In-Kind worksheets, Attachment A and Attachment B provided by DLNHC, copies of paid invoices with check number and date paid written on each invoice, narrative and photos in the “Success Story” template provided by DLNHC, and any other items related to the scope of work (drawings, maps, brochures, completed plans/studies)

Past Projects & Success Stories

Project Archives

2023 Funding Round

2022 Funding Round

Enjoy the Ride LV! – LVG 27.04(CAT - Coalition for Appropriate Transportation)

This project organized group bike rides on local trails, many of which incorporated
mini-workshops for ride participants. The rides were geared to bring new people out
on the trails and as such offered: (1) beginner friendly routes, (2) routes that are
adjustable for varying abilities, (3) mini-workshops on trailside bike care/trail
etiquette/rules of the road. Rides took place approximately twice each week during
warm weather months (April-October), both mid-week in the evenings and on
weekend days, to permit as many people as possible to join.

Amount: $7,100

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2021 Funding Round

2020 Funding Round

Johnston Preserve Stormwater Management – LVG 25.13(Friends of Johnston, Inc)

The Friends of Johnston transformed a stormwater flooded fallow farm
field into a beautiful wet meadow with marsh and trails. Our summer camp
students (aged 6- 14) built an observation dock, bird blind, boardwalk and
scientific investigation station. The students showed their knowledge with
interpretive signage about the marsh and the plants and animals that live
there. The area is now a wonderful addition to the nature education center
and new habitat for our animals.

Amount: $7,500

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Dimmick Park Swale Greening Phase I – LVG 25.01(Borough of Hellertown)

Phase I of improving and greening the drainage swale addresses the stormwater channel on both sides of the new concrete staircase. This project transformed the existing rock drainage channel into a green swale that includes grading, excavation, stabilizing check dam, sodding, perennial grasses and plugs, and native trees and shrubs.

Amount: $10,000

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Gardening a Greener Future in Easton LVG – 25.04(Nurture Nature Center)

In PA, a changing climate means more heavy precipitation events and higher risk
of devastating stormwater runoff in urban communities. Nurture Nature Center
sought to provide more education on climate change adaptation and strategies to
the Easton community, focusing on green spaces and infrastructure to reduce
runoff. NNC redesigned its Urban Recycle Garden to better mitigate the impact of
heavy precipitation events and to serve as a demonstration site for effective
stormwater management. Interpretative signage educates about how native
species, rain barrels, and certain types of ground cover can manage increased
runoff. NNC held a virtual rain barrel workshop and distributed 50 kits to residents.
A virtual garden tour was created to showcase the community green spaces, such
as pocket parks, and community and backyard gardens, that are contributing to a
greener future in Easton.

Amount: $4,292

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Clean Fill Regulations Ordinance – LVG 25.05(Plainfield Township)

Plainfield Township includes dozens of inactive quarries, which are mostly former
slate quarries. A goal of this project was to promote returning former quarries to a
productive use, but in a way that makes sure that the activity occurs in an
environmentally safe manner that will protect groundwater, creeks and public
health. The Township will now require a zoning permit for use of purported clean
fill. As part of the permit, the owner of the property or the entity depositing the fill
would provide a written statement describing the sources of the material. For
larger fill operations, the Township has the authority to require periodic random
testing of the materials by an independent laboratory, as a condition of zoning
permit approval.

Amount: $10,000

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Gracedale Livestake Nursery & Buffer – LVG 25.06(The Watershed Coalition)

The Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley (WCLV) worked with project
partners to plant a demonstration multifunctional riparian buffer that also serves as
a nursery for harvesting live-stakes. Live-stakes are a low-cost option for planting
appropriate species in riparian buffer and wetland areas. In addition, the WCLV
worked with local partners to host live-stake training workshops and planting
events along the Monacocy Creek.

Amount: $3,500

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Lehigh River Sojourn Youth Scholarships – LVG 25.08(Wildlands Conservancy)

The 25th annual Lehigh River Sojourn took place June 26-28th. A celebration of the
Lehigh River Water Trail and the D&L Trail, youth scholarships made these trails
more accessible to our community youth, providing a deeper connection to it.

Amount: $2,000

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Streambank Restoration/Demonstrated Forest Protection – LVG 25.12(City of Easton)

This project encompassed an initial riparian restoration of an unnamed tributary
that feeds into the Bushkill Creek, located in Lower Hackett Park. The addition of a
10-foot-high deer fence with double entry gates surrounding the Demonstration
Micro- Forest and the planting of 36 native trees on either side of the creek, an
expanded parking area and within the Micro-Forest. Interpretive signage along
with Identification tags for all trees and shrubs located within this newly protected

Amount: $7,500

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Ballas Preserve Stormwater Restoration LVG 25.02(Bushkill Township)

Bushkill Township installed 3 French mattresses, corrugated stormwater pipe, and
a swale to regulate stormwater runoff and prevent the erosion of the 1-mile long
trail around the wildflower meadow at Ballas Preserve. After installation of the
stormwater best management practices (BMPs), a fresh trail surface of screenings
was added to improve all of the washout areas. Once the trail work was complete,
the washouts in the parking lot were repaired by spreading recycled, screened
blacktop millings as a new surface that will be stronger than the previously used
screenings. This will result in less washouts in the future.

Amount: $5,000

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Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape – LVG 25.10(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s (LGNC) interactive Native Sensory Garden
Trail welcomes visitors and LINK trail-users to experience native plants in a
completely new way. Planted alongside ADA-compliant trails, a variety of sensory friendly native plants are accompanied with informational signage, outdoor musical
instruments, “please touch” sensory panels, and a brochure. In addition to
fostering an appreciation of native plants among a broader audience, the Native
Sensory Garden Trail provides novel opportunities for self-guided learning and
exploration that is accessible to children and adults with special needs. The Trail
also serves as an inviting entryway to LGNC’s native habitat gardens.

Amount: $4,000

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2019 Funding Round

Bike Fix-It Station and Signage at D&L – LVG 24.16(Wildlands Conservancy)

A Deluxe Public Bike Work Stand and educational signage was installed along the D&L trail at Sand Island in Bethlehem. This ADA-compliant designed stand contains tools that are securely attached by retractable braided stainless steel cables and includes an outdoor-ready bike pump with gauge and a wheel chock. The stand includes a vinyl decal indicating its use. The educational signage includes Lehigh River Watershed and Bike & Boat Adventures messages and funding information.

Amount: $1,900

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2018 Funding Round

Archibald Johnston Preserve Wetland/Bog Study and Restoration – LVG 22.04(Friends of Johnson)

The Friends of Johnston are studying the only known bog in Northampton County as part of a university study in hopes of the restoration of the unique habitat for wildlife, stormwater management and as a study site for citizen science bird banding and research for the nature center.

Amount: $9,500

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Trail counter system and user experiences on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail – LVG 22.05(Lafayette College)

Outdoor public spaces are important for quality of life, community well-being, and the environment, but gathering reliable information about these greenspaces can be challenging. Our project developed a trail counter data collection system for the Karl Stirner Arts Trail (KSAT) in Easton, Pennsylvania. We installed trail counters along the trail and developed a counter calibration system to improve count estimates. We also conducted a survey of trail users to learn more about use patterns and users’ perceptions and attitudes. The project yielded use estimates for July-December 2018, with over half of KSAT users residing in or near Easton.


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Invasive Species: Our Backyard Invaders Workshop – LVG 22.07(Northampton County Conservation District)

The workshop offered local educators the opportunity to earn continuing education hours and learn about invasive species removal, identification and the threats they pose to the Lehigh Valley. Penn State Extension presented an introduction to invasive plants and insects; followed by fun, hands-on ways to keep their students engaged in the topic of invasive species. The PA Fish & Boat Commission then gave an informative lecture on the many aquatic invasive species affecting our watersheds. The group was then taken on an invasive plant identification tour of the Camel’s Hump Farm at the Johnston Estate and assisted with stilt grass removal.

Amount: $1,500

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Pollinator Garden Expansion – LVG 22.06(Lehigh Carbon Community College)

Students saw the potential for Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) to be an ecological leader by transforming its landscape using sustainable principles. The College community wanted to adopt practices that promote pollinators and protect species by implementing wildflower gardens. One area is across from the LCCC library, the second area is near Rte. 309 consisting of invasive bushes and plants that needed removal, and a third area in the student parking lot has appropriate pollinator species, planted in 2017, but needed to be maintained with additional plantings, as well as the installation of picnic tables and a water feature. In the course of the Pollinator Expansion Project over 800 plants, plugs, as well as seeds were installed in 3 locations on the LCCC main campus.  A solar fountain was installed to draw not only nature, but with the addition of two picnic tables community members to the pollinator garden site.


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Slatington Trailhead Visitor Center – LVG 22.08(Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority)

Opening the Slatington Trailhead Visitor Center made a bold statement to both the Northern Lehigh community and to area trail users that Slatington is a welcoming and trail-friendly town.  The project involved staffing and maintaining the center for 26 weeks during the height of the summer/fall season and was done in partnership with the Venture Group, an organization comprised of Northern Lehigh area non-profit organizations that are committed to the success of the D & L Trail and the Slatington Trailhead.

Amount: $2,721.87

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Nurturing Nature Journaling: Creating Outdoor Immersive, Educational Experiences – LVG- 22.09(Nurture Nature Center)

To expand the reach of Nurture Nature Center’s nature journal program and engage visitors outside in the local environment, 4 journaling benches were created at riverside locations for anyone to sit, reflect, journal, and positively experience the outdoors, including along the Lehigh River at Hugh Moore Park; the Delaware River at Scott Park, and the Bushkill Creek along the KSAT trail. Journaling benches were designed, built, painted, and installed at each site and include journaling instructions and supplies. 3 journaling workshops were held to introduce the benches and one workshop held in the fall introduced journaling to teachers.

Amount: $4,800

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Plainfield Township Official Map Adoption – LVG 22.10(Plainfield Township)

With the assistance of the Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini-Grant, Plainfield Township was able to create its first Official Map. On July 10, 2019, the Plainfield Township Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing and are set to take action to formally adopt the first Official Map of Plainfield Township. Creation of the Official Map will have been completed primarily by the Plainfield Township Environmental Advisory Council with help from Township administrative staff, the Township Engineer, and the Township Solicitor.

Amount: $5,000

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2018 Lehigh Valley Master Watershed Steward Group Projects – LVG 22.12(Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley)

The 2018 Lehigh Valley Master Watershed Steward Group Projects set out to tackle multiple problems within our region related to water quality protection and sustainable land use. The WCLV and the 2018 class of MWS volunteers installed a demonstration pollinator meadow at Trexler Nature Preserve, assisted with the design and implementation of a multifunctional riparian buffer at Hokendauqua Park in Whitehall Township, and constructed a series of monofilament fishing line collection stations throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Amount: $10,000

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Lehigh Valley Buffer Analysis and Pilot Planting Project – LVG 22.13(Wildlands Conservancy)

This project analyzed the existing composition of the riparian corridor along Lehigh Valley streams, identifying gaps in riparian buffer coverage. From this analysis, Wildlands created an online interactive map showing the gaps in buffer coverage, or “opportunity areas,” for the entirety of the Lehigh Valley regional stream network. This map is intended to help guide conservation organizations working on riparian buffer restoration throughout the Lehigh Valley. Wildlands used the analysis to identify and implement a pilot riparian buffer planting project at Saucon Park in Bethlehem.

Amount: $6,000

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Jordan Creek Greenway Interpretive Signage – LVG 22.14(Wildlands Conservancy)

Wildlands Conservancy developed new interpretive signage and graphics to help tell the story of the Jordan Creek Greenway, a regional conservation initiative throughout Lehigh County. This project also produced an updated Jordan Creek Greenway logo and helped to purchase ADA site amenities for a new trailhead along the Jordan Creek Greenway in Whitehall Township. All logos and signage are now available as images for future use along the Greenway and establish a guide for interpretive information related to the Greenway.

Amount: $5,000

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Color of Nature Conservation Leadership Training – LVG 22.15(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

Since 2012, Lehigh Gap Nature Center’s Color of Nature initiative has trained and employed students from the Lehigh Valley’s diverse, urban communities to be conservation leaders. Through partnerships, Color of Nature interns lead bilingual education and recreation programs and assist with conservation projects throughout the region. As the Color of Nature initiative has grown and matured over the past several years, LGNC has identified the need to train new leaders and to formalize the program. Lehigh Valley Greenways funding has allowed LGNC to train four new interns, create program branding, and assemble internship training kits.

Amount: $5,000

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Delaware River Sojourn Youth Scholarships – LVG 22.11(Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition)

In 2018, the Delaware River Sojourn continued its focus on engaging youth organizations in the Lehigh Valley by expanding our scholarships for youth participation. The Delaware River Sojourn hosted 8 days of paddling in 2018, providing scholarships to 65 youth and 13 leaders made possible thanks to the funding provided by the Lehigh Valley Greenways program. In 2018, the Sojourn celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic River Act, expanded partnerships with more agencies and non-profit organizations, and notably welcomed PA DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn to join us on the river and for remarks for a new trail system opened in Upper Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania.

Amount: $2,250

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Ballas Tract Stormwater Management Rain Garden – LVG 22.01(Bushkill Township)

Bushkill Township planted a rain garden on the 90-acre Ballas Tract, which is located off of Kromer Road, in the Spring of 2019. This property has experienced runoff and erosion issues soon after the completion of the parking lot. This was due to sheet flow coming off the upper end of the parking lot and the mowed lawn area above the parking lot.

The planting of native plants and grasses in the rain garden increases the species diversity of the area while providing cold clean water to Sobers Run. The rain garden is allowing stormwater runoff to infiltrate into the ground where it is filtered and cooled before entering a tributary of Sobers Run. This project serves to educate the local community and park visitors about rain gardens and how stormwater Best Management Practices can effectively operate if installed correctly.

Amount:  $1,195

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Make the Trail – LVG 22.02(Community Bike Works)

Community Bike Works teaches life lessons through bicycles to the students of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley who could benefit most. With support from Lehigh Valley Greenways, Community Bike Works collaborated with the Lehigh Gap Nature Center and other conservation partners to provide hands-on environmental education to our students. Through Make the Trail, students were introduced to local natural resources and conservation career opportunities, while spending time with role models of color.


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Green Schools Sustainability Workshop – LVG 22.03(Green Building United)

Green Building United hosted an all-day workshop for educators, administrations, and facilities personnel to promote sustainability initiatives in schools. The workshop educated attendees about opportunities to create energy-efficient and healthier classrooms and schools while decreasing their environmental impact. Topics included (1) incorporating sustainable building features into classroom curriculum (led by Broughal Middle School teachers), (2) using the Project Learning Tree School Site Investigation to introduce the hands-on, student-driven Green Schools program that emphasizes critical thinking and problem-solving skills (Jacobsburg), (3) exploring PPL’s energy efficiency program for schools (led by CLEAResult), and (4) explaining the designation and importance of selecting green cleaning products that are safer for schools and the environment (led by the EPA.) Through learning and relationship building, the workshop was an effective way to develop sustainability partnership opportunities in schools throughout the region.


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2017 Funding Round

Planning, Design, & Permitting for Stream Enhancement in Leibert Creek Watershed – LVG 21.15(Lehigh County Conservation District)

LCCD worked with PA Fish and Boat Commission and Wildlands Conservancy to produce a design and complete the permit and erosion and sediment control plan for a stream stabilization project in the Leibert Creek Watershed. Implementation for the project is planned to begin in 2019, pending funding. The project will involve the installation of 25 fish habitat structures that will also stabilize the streambanks and establish a native riparian buffer to reduce nonpoint source pollution and further protect the streambank.

Amount: $2,000

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Watershed Education – River and Trail Engagement LVG- 21.12(Wildlife Information Center (LGNC))

Throughout the summer of 2017, Lehigh Gap Nature Center (LGNC) partnered with Wildlands Conservancy and Northeast PA Kayak School to provide hands-on watershed education experiences for youth and families on the Lehigh River Watershed. The highlights of this initiative were a five-day River Camp attended by 20 youth, plus three Lehigh Gap Bike and Boat adventures for families. All programs sought to foster an appreciation for the Lehigh River – and the rich natural and cultural history it supports – through engaging land and water-based explorations. As part of this initiative, LGNC also enhanced its trailside watershed engagement display to better inform trail users on the watershed.

Amount: $4,000

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Two Multi-Pedestrian/Cyclists Trail Counters – LVG 21.03(Ironton Rail Trail Commission)

Members of the Ironton Rail-Trail Commission, in order to better meet the needs of walkers, joggers and cyclists, decided to install 2 Pedestrian/Cyclists Trail counters to assess the usage by location, direction, and count over time.

Amount: $5,000

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Interacting with Science and Art on the Karl Stirner Arts Trail – LVG 21.06(Nurture Nature Center)

Trails are a perfect opportunity to develop interest in the local environment and community. Nurture Nature Center, with the Karl Stirner Arts Trail (KSAT) Board, developed an educational science and art app as an interactive way to engage visitors along the KSAT that runs along the Bushkill Creek to downtown Easton. The free app displays information on art pieces along the trail, the Bushkill Creek, native plants, and local history.

Amount: $5,000

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2017 Delaware River Sojourn Youth Scholarships – LVG 21.07(Upper Delaware Preservation Coalition)

In 2017, the Delaware River Sojourn increased its focus on engaging youth organizations in the Lehigh Valley by expanding our scholarships, which offset the program expense of the Sojourn. The Delaware River Sojourn hosted 7 days of paddling in 2017, welcoming more participants on the river than in any other previous year

Amount: $3,000

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Riparian Buffer, Meadow Restoration and Study of Archibald Johnston Preserve LVG- 21.01(Friends of Johnston, Inc.)

The Friends of Johnston are working on the restoration of 44 acres of preserved fallow farmland. The property will serve as part of the Johnston Estate Park complex and nature center. Stormwater is a major concern on the property causing erosion, sedimentation, deforestation and flooding. In order to protect the HQ-CWF Monocacy Creek we are developing a plan for an engineered marshland and bioswale. We also planted a warm season grass meadow and riparian buffer study plots for environmental study and reforestation

Amount: $10,000

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Upper Nazareth Township Official Map – LVG 21.08(Upper Nazareth Township)

With the assistance of the Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini-Grant, Upper Nazareth Township was able to successfully complete its first ever Official Map!

Awarded: $5,000

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Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference 2017 – LVG 21.09(Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley)

Over 160 participants attended the 7th Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference, which featured 19 talks on a wide variety of water and natural resource topics. A track on MS-4 management and two invasive species workshops were conference highlights.

Amount: $5,000

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Saylor Cement Kilns Educational Signs and Protective Fencing – LVG 21.04(Lehigh County)

The project included preservation of the West #1 kiln, new aesthetically pleasing security fence and new educational signage.

Amount: $426.23

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Stream and Floodplain Restoration in Jordan Creek Watershed -LVG 21.10(Wildlands Conservancy)

The project site was located in Lowhill Township on State Game Lands 205. Earthen dams obstructed headwater springs and tributaries to the Jordan Creek. The three impoundments created by dams were warm, sediment laden water, dense with algae and impairing water quality and wildlife habitat. Wildlands Conservancy partnered with Pa Game Commission to remove the dams and restore coldwater springs and wetlands, address nonpoint source pollution in the Jordan Creek and enhance wildlife habitat.

Amount: $9.500

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Install Directional and Wayfinding Signs at Walking Purchase Park – LVG 21.14(Valley Mountain Bikers)

The Valley Mountain Bikers procured new way finding blazes for the multi-use trail system at Salisbury Walking Purchase Park using grant money awarded by the Lehigh Valley Greenways. The new blazes were installed in Spring of 2018 and replace old blazes which were not adequate to distinguish different trails at the system, especially for new users of the park.

Amount: $716

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Enhancing and Activating South Bethlehem Greenway – LVG 21.13(Lehigh University)

Activating Bethlehem’s South Side Greenway involved multiple pop-up projects designed to both beautify and increase residents’ and visitors’ use of the South Side Greenway.  These projects included a pop-up parklet, transforming a parking spot adjacent to the Greenway into a seating area with a free library and sand garden, and pop-up murals painted by local artists during the Spring on the South Side festival.  This was a collaborative effort involving Lehigh University students and faculty, Banana Factory staff, and representatives from the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development and the SouthSide Arts District.

Amount: $3,000

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Hugh Moore Park ADA Parking & Trail Directional Signs – LVG 21.02(City of Easton)

In 2017, the City of Easton completed a complete rehabilitation of Hugh Moore Park.  This signage grant was able to add “You are Here” map signs and a variety of directional signage to assist park visitors in locating the various amenities throughout the park including the National Canal Museum, the Josiah White Canal Boat, dog park, playground, and bicycle park.

Amount: $928.20

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River Snorkeling Program: Exploring the Ecology of Our Water Trails – LVG 21.11(Wildlands Conservancy)

The goal of our River Snorkeling Program is to provide a unique perspective of the ecology of the Lehigh River water trail to students and families of the Lehigh Valley. Most people are awed at the incredible diversity of fauna that is found by experiencing the full depth of the water column.
With the river snorkeling program, we are able to create outdoor recreation and trail connections, provide local education and outreach, and promote the region’s water trails in order to increase appreciation of natural resources.

Amount: $3,500

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2016 Funding Round

Two Rivers Trails System Signage – LVG 19.08(City of Easton)

The Two Rivers Trailway is a beautiful and scenic 30-mile network of multi-use trails located in Northampton County, PA.  This project involved the development of a logo and tagline as well as the installation of wayfinding and map signage along the entire corridor.

Amount: $5,000

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Fisher Quad Bioretention Areas- LVG 19.13(Lafayette College)

The project replaced a 60-foot diameter compacted lawn with a multipurpose stormwater bioretention area on the Lafayette College campus. The project serves to (1) reduce runoff to Bushkill Creek from campus, (2) provide pollinator habitat through the use of native plants and shrubs, (3) incorporate signage to educate the college community about stormwater runoff and pollinator decline, and (4) provide a site for student research on green infrastructure and local ecology.

Amount: $2,300

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Farmersville Rd Trailhead Improvements – LVG 19.09(Bethlehem Township)

For many years, the D&L Trail running through Bethlehem Township along the Lehigh River has been one of the community’s “best kept secrets” The tree covered path adjacent to the river has long been a haven for those seeking rest and respite from other bustling parts of the community. Township Officials were determined to give the community’s “4th Corridor” the reception it deserved by providing proper signage, fencing and other amenities to serve its many users.

Amount: $7,500

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Hugh Moore Park Bicycle Playground – LVG 20.06(City of Easton)

In 2016, the City of Easton constructed Phase I of a bicycle park located in Hugh Moore Park near the National Canal Museum. This initial phase of the project was aimed at helping riders of all ages develop better skills by navigating a course of built features. Phase II of the project, which was funded in part through this mini-grant, was for a bicycle playground component designed for younger riders age 3-10 yrs. The playground was completed in July 2018 and has been an extremely popular family destination which includes a winding course filled with fun features such as tunnels and an obstacle course of large concrete traffic cons. The City is planning to construct a third phase of the bicycle park in 2020 which will be geared to more experienced riders that are able to navigate more aggressive types of features.

Amount: $5,000


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Lehigh County: Trexler Signage and Stream Restoration – LVG 20.01(Lehigh County)

Lehigh County partnered with Wildlands Conservancy to improve educational signage and messaging, and implement best management practices at the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve.

Amount: $7,459.46

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Native Plant/Pollinator Landscape – LVG- 20.07(City of Easton)

The main purpose of this project is a multilateral one, the creation of an outdoor educational classroom that provides a visual tool for elementary age children, and a mini eco-system for wildlife and insect life providing them with a pollinator rich location/stop over for bees and butterflies and additional habitat for the life processes of these species.  It will also provide local bird and small mammal forage and habitat through the winter months.

Amount: $3,500

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Outdoor Recreation Food Truck Festival – LVG 20.08(Northern Lehigh Recreation Authority)

Our food truck festival celebrated the beauty of the great outdoors across the Lehigh Valley.  This inaugural event took place on Saturday, July 28, 2018 with the theme of “Everything Outdoors.” The free festival featured over 20 vendors, 5 food trucks and had a steady flow of participants all day!  The event was a true success and furthered our goal of encouraging the community to celebrate the outdoors. Northern Lehigh is the perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts as it contains the D&L Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the Lehigh River trail, the Slate Heritage Trail, and has an array of parks and open space.  It was great having a variety of vendors such as the local Lehigh Gap Nature Center to nationally known LL Bean.

Amount: $1,500

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Easton Youth Environmental Workshops – LVG 20.05(Penn State Extension - Northampton Co. 4-H)

The Northampton County 4-H Program is working to expand youth outreach to Northampton County’s Urban Centers using environmental science curriculum. Throughout 2016 and 2017, the program collaborated with the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV) to bring 4-H Environmental Science projects to the youth located in the West Ward of Easton.

Amount: $1,350.80

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Nurture Nature Center Watershed Exhibit – LVG 19.12(Nurture Nature Center)

Nurture Nature Center, a science-based community center in Easton, PA, installed a new interactive exhibit to teach watershed science. The Interactive Watershed Exhibit is an augmented reality sandbox that allows visitors to modify a sand landscape and use their hands to create rain.

Amount: $2,395.00

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Master Watershed Steward Rain Garden and Education Projects – LVG 19.06(Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley)

This year’s Master Watershed projects include rain garden design and installation in Plainfield Township, Pen Argyl Borough, and Upper Saucon Township buildings, an education display at Illick’s Mill in Bethlehem, and a green roof table top display for educational events.

Amount: $10,000

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Cardinals to Caddisflies: Environmental Field Trips for Urban Students – LVG 19.07(Muhlenberg College)

This grant introduced Allen High School students to hands-on environmental monitoring techniques in local ecosystems, through analysis of stream macroinvertebrates, bird banding, and native plantings. Activities combined classroom information, informational videos to prepare the students for their field trip activities, and follow-up in-class and online work to allow them to analyze the data they collected.

Amount: $8,000

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Moore Township Appalachian Park Stewardship and Access Plan – LVG 19.10(Moore Township EAC)

The purpose of the Stewardship and Access Plan is to provide guidance to the Township Board of Supervisors for the sound management of the Township’s Appalachian Park and its natural resources. The goal is to increase the conservation value of the property while providing increased passive recreational opportunities and a venue for learning through educational programs and research.

Amount: $4,006.54

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Student-led Riparian Restoration in Fountain Park – LVG 19.11(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

Students in the Environmental Club at Roberto Clemente Charter School designed and implemented a riparian restoration project in Allentown’s Fountain Park. Students mapped the restoration area, selected the plants, and planted them.

Amount: $1,976

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Ballas Tract Native Grass and Wildflower Meadow – LVG 19.15(Bushkill Township)

Bushkill Township planted a 35 acre native grass and wildflower meadow on the 90 acre Ballas Tract in the spring of 2017. The parcel contains an existing fishing pond and a one mile perimeter trail which can be used for active and passive recreation.

Amount: $3,500

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Community Park Signage – LVG 20.04(Upper Saucon Township)

Upper Saucon Township was looking to upgrade the signage package and wayfinding at the Upper Saucon Township Community Park. The Park, on Preston Lane, was completed in the 1990s. It is currently the only park in Upper Saucon Township, and sees heavy use. With ten playing fields, it serves as the home field for field for three Southern Lehigh sports organizations. Additionally, the Upper Saucon Township Community Park houses the Southern Lehigh Public Library, and serves as a trailhead for the Saucon Rail Trail for trail users going north to Hellertown Borough or south to Coopersburg Borough.

Awarded: $2,776.44

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Schoolyard Garden Teacher Workshops – LVG 19.14(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

We developed a two-part teacher workshop program to promote the use. of schoolyard gardens. Part one of the workshop included the rationale and educational uses for a schoolyard garden. Part two instructed the teachers in designing, planting, and maintaining their own schoolyard garden. Each teacher received $150 worth of plants from Edge of the Woods Nursery.

Amount: $2,015

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2015 Funding Round

Color of Nature II – LVG 13.06(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

The Color of Nature program trains conservation leaders from communities of color to serve as role models and lead nature programs. This grant helped expand the program with two environmental mini day camps, 20 park programs, 64 after school club programs, and 12 summer school programs for Allentown youth.
Amount: $5,000

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2015 Lehigh Valley Watershed Conference – LVG 13.07(Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley)

Over 250 watershed stakeholders came together on October 13, 2015 at Lehigh University to engage with speakers on a variety of water resource topics from green infrastructure to amphibian ecology to riparian buffers and drinking water. New this year were a landscape track for professionals and a student networking session.
Amount: $5,000

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Sober’s Run Streambank Restoration at Trailhead – LVG 13.08(Bushkill Township)

Bushkill Township targeted 150 feet of severely impacted Sober’s Run streambank for restoration. They installed natural boulders and two rock vane deflectors in an effort to stop erosion of the streambank and stabilized the upper streambanks with native vegetation.
Award: $7,500

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Landscaping for Communities and Wildlife II – LVG 19.01(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

During the second year of the program, LGNC continued to fund well-designed native plant landscaping projects that benefit the local wildlife and ecosystems, while at the same time offering a healthier, attractive landscaping alternative for residents and communities. They also developed a pocket buyer’s guide for native plants and organized five native plant workshops.
Amount: $18,000

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Upper Mt Bethel Community Park – Identity and Connectivity – LVG 19.03(Upper Mount Bethel Township)

This grant was crucial to installing a raised deck observation/teaching area and 750 feet of connecting trail to link the barn and parking area with the observation deck, wetlands and native plant area.
Amount: $12,500

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Lehigh Valley Return on Environment Promotion and Outreach – LVG 19.05(Lehigh Valley Planning Commission)

This project created a summary of the 2014 Lehigh Valley Return on Environment report. Outreach was provided to municipalities and the general public through presentations, yard signs, factsheet handouts, and full copies of the report.

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Monocacy Creek Ecological Restoration – LVG 19.02(Monocacy Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited)

Monocacy Creek is a High Quality Coldwater Fishery and a Class A wild trout stream, but a run-of-the-river dam was degrading habitat, water quality and obscuring fish passage. Dams were removed to restore natural flow and wildlife habitat while reducing flooding and erosion. To further improve stream conditions and habitat, a native riparian buffer was planted along both sides of the stream.

Amount: $12,500

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Ironton Rail Trail Extension to Municipal Trail Head – LVG 19.04(North Whitehall Township)

The project entailed constructing a trail extension along the eastern boundary of the Township municipal complex to a proposed trail head location with its own parking area. The extension joined the original rail trail and a link constructed by the Township.

Amount: $12,500

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2013 Funding Round

Discover the D&L Trail with the KAZ Passport – LVG 11.14(Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA)

The Keystone Active Zone (KAZ) Passport encourages people to get outside and active at close-to-home parks, trails, and outdoor events, highlighting the D&L Trail and anthracite heritage. In 2014, the passport’s focus on the D&L Trail promoted existing trail miles and the future trail extension through bicycle rides and walks attracting nearly 3,000 attendees.

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2013 LV Master Watershed Steward Coordination and Training – LVG 11.15

This grant funded part of the training for a class of 18 Master Watershed Stewards that will continue as knowledgeable volunteers that can reach out to the adult and school-age population to encourage stewardship and educate the community to increase the health of the Lehigh River watershed.
Amount: $5,000

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Mill Street Crossing – LVG 11.16(Bristol Borough)

The Mill Street Crossing project enhanced the visibility and connection of the Delaware River, Bristol Marsh, Delaware Canal and Towpath (D&L Trail) and location of historic railroad and trolley line crossings. An abandoned corner property was spruced up with signs, pervious pathways for pedestrian connections, and native plants for beautification and ecological restoration.
Amount: $5,000

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Color of Nature 1: Connecting LV’s People of Color to Nature – LVG 12.13(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

The Color of Nature program trains conservation leaders from communities of color to serve as role models and lead nature programs. This grant helped recruit and train two additional leaders and fund 25 summer park programs, 7 school ecology club programs, and 4 family oriented nature walks.
Amount: $5,000

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Bristol Marsh Teacher Resource Guide – LVG 12.14(Heritage Conservancy)

“Heritage Conservancy developed a wetland ecosystem teaching guide to supplement their established experiential-learning education program at Bristol Marsh. Initially, 300 Bristol Marsh: Learning Beyond the Classroom guides were printed and distributed to 48 schools with digital copies available.
Amount: $5,000
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2014 LV Master Watershed Steward 4 Implementation Projects – LVG 12.15(Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley)

Throughout the Lehigh Valley, the 2014 class of Master Watershed Stewards installed three rain gardens, eight educational signs, and 150 feet of riparian buffer at the Atlas Dam removal site, as well as, creating two educational displays on groundwater and aquaponics.
Amount: $10,000

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Tally the Trails: Phase I – LVG 12.16(Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA)

Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA worked with partners to gather trail use data with three trail counter devices installed along the D&L Trail and a paper survey to collect trail economic impact data. Results showed the Lehigh Tannery trail section had the highest number of users reaching over 1,000 users/week in the spring.
Amount: $3,310

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South Mountain Preserve & Upper Saucon Greenways Study – LVG 12.17(Upper Saucon Township)

Upper Saucon Township, with Wildlands Conservancy as a consultant, identified parcels along South Mountain that could provide access points and additional acreage to South Mountain Preserve. Wildlands performed landowner outreach, successfully made contact with approximately half the property owners, and a 4.2 acre parcel was acquired.
Amount: $5,000

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Landscaping for Communities and Wildlife 1 – LVG 13.01(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

This program aims to educate the public about the benefits of using native plants in residential landscaping. The first year focused on installing educational native plant gardens and signs at public locations and hosting three native plant workshops.
Amount: $15,000

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Water Street Park Saucon Creek Riparian Plantings – LVG 13.02(Hellertown Borough)

Borough of Hellertown planted native trees, shrubs, and groundcover to re-vegetate the bank of Saucon Creek through Water Street Park and create rain gardens in accordance with the 2013 master park plan.
Amount: $20,000

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Jordan Creek Greenway Permitting – LVG 13.03(Wildlands Conservancy)

This grant helped fund the completion of Erosion & Sedimentation Control Plan review, Phase I Archeological Survey report, and securing NPDES permits to prepare for constructing 1.9 miles of Jordan Creek Greenway west of Covered Bridge Park in South Whitehall Township.
Amount: $20,000

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2012 Funding Round

Bridge Street Feasibility Study for D&L Trail Gap – LVG 12.08(PA Environmental Council)

Working with local and regional stakeholders, PA Environmental Council (PEC) devised a plan to solve the Morrisville Borough Bridge Street crossing along the D&L Trail. The feasibility study will guide the implementation and construction to create a safer road crossing and connect the trail.
Amount: $10,000

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Lechauweki Park Environmental Education & Revitalization Project – LVG 12.09(Wildlands Conservancy)

Wildlands Conservancy developed and facilitated six experimental environmental education activities, presented 51 in-school programs, and led 2 clean-ups in Lechauweki Park with Bethlehem Area School District’s Fountain Hill Elementary School.

Amount: $5,000

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Lehigh Valley Adventure Camp Phase V – LVG 12.10(Wildlands Conservancy)

Lehigh Valley Adventure Camp Phase V was held June 17-21, 2013 offering a free, weeklong outdoor camp for 16 teenagers from Southside Bethlehem incorporating environmental, cultural and historical activities
Amount: $5,000

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Kittatinny Ridge Ecological & Science Summit 2013 – LVG 12.11(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

Lehigh Gap Nature Center hosted the Kittatinny Science and Research Summit II focused on “closing the gaps” in research and monitoring data that is critical to conservation. A variety of state officials, universities and non-profit conservation partners were among the 65 attendees.
Amount: $3,000

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Lehigh Valley Conservation Diversity Initiative – LVG 12.12(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

The Conservation Diversity Initiative was launched to help connect people of color with nature by training conservation leaders to build capacity within communities of color to lead nature programs. This grant helped recruit and train 8 leaders for bilingual family nature walks and environmental education programs at local parks.
Amount: $5,000

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Lehigh Valley Adventure Camp Phase IV – LVG 8.18(Wildlands Conservancy)

Lehigh Valley Adventure Camp Phase IV was held June 18-22, 2012 offering a free, weeklong outdoor camp with meaningful outdoor recreation activities for 15 campers from Bethlehem incorporating environmental, cultural and historical activities.
Amount: $5,000

Website Enhancements – LVG 8.19(D&L National Heritage Corridor)

D&L made updates to the Lehigh Valley Greenways page on their website to accept applications for Lehigh Valley Greenways mini-grants through the website.
Amount: $2,000

Kittatinny Science Summit 2012 – LVG 8.20(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

Lehigh Gap Nature Center hosted the first Kittatinny Science Summit focused on identifying researchers working in the Kittatinny Corridor, connecting researchers for collaboration, and identifying gaps in the data and research.
Amount: $1,000

South Bethlehem Greenways Economic Impact Study – LVG 12.02(City of Bethlehem)

In order to document the economic impacts of the South Bethlehem Greenway, the City of Bethlehem collaborated with the Lehigh University Social Science Research Center to conduct a Southside Greenway Utilization Report. This report was compiled through partnership with Liberty High School students conducting surveys of Greenway users. This information is intended to be a baseline to monitor the Greenway’s expanding impact over time.

Amount: $4,771

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Hugh Moore Park Trail Resurfacing Phase II – LVG 12.03(City of Easton)

The Hugh Moore Park bike trail is a significant connection between Delaware Canal State Park and Hugh Moore Park. This trail was significantly deteriorated and the existing blacktop bike path required resurfacing. This section of trail reaches from the South 3rd Street Bridge to the Abbot Street Lock.

Amount: $20,000

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Sober’s Run Streambank & Riparian Restoration Project – LVG 12.01(Bushkill Township)

Bushkill Township completed a streambank restoration along 150 feet of severely eroded bank along Sober’s Run in the northern portion of Jacobsburg State Park.
Amount: $7,000

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Jacobsburg – Blue Mountain Trail Corridor Landowner Outreach – LVG 12.05(Heritage Conservancy)

Heritage Conservancy and Bushkill Township met with landowners and provided a series of workshops with information about the economic, recreation, health and education benefits of trails with an end goal of finding a potential route for connecting Jacobsburg State Park to the Blue Mountain.
Amount: $5,000

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Weissport Trailhead Parking Lot and Enhancements – LVG 12.06(Lehigh Canal Recreation Commission)

The D&L Trail: Weissport Trailhead was releveled and improved with new asphalt parking lot surface to eliminate standing water, potholes and drainage issues and make it safer and easier to access the parking and D&L Trail.
Amount: $4,000

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Lehighton D&L Trailhead Development – LVG 12.07(Lehighton Borough)

The Borough of Lehighton developed a trailhead along the D&L Trail on land donated by the Lehighton Sewer Authority. The project added ADA parking, interpretive and directional signs, and a pavilion.
Amount: $20,000

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2011 Funding Round

West Douglassville “Penny Hole” Streambank and Riparian Buffer Restoration – LVG 11.1(Bushkill Township)

This project involved restoration of the Bushkill Creek streambank and riparian buffer. A popular area for fishing, hiking and biking (known locally as the “Penny Hole”), the restoration of a riparian buffer resulted in beneficial environmental impacts as well as improving the aesthetic value of the Creek. By removing existing gabion baskets and installing flow deflectors, stabilizing the streambank allowed to riparian buffer to reestablish itself to assist in recuperating the health of Bushkill Creek.

Amount: $11,160

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Advance LVG Environmental Regulation Program within 2 Counties – LVG 11.2(Lehigh Valley Planning Commission)

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission released updated model floodplain regulations in advance of Northampton County communities receiving new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) in the summer of 2014. These model regulations serve as a guide to inform municipalities that may be required to change floodplain management ordinances.

Amount: $15,000

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Urban Forestry Phase IV & Assist Green Infrastructure/Street Tree Revitalization – LVG 11.3(City of Bethlehem)

The City of Bethlehem has worked to develop a modern urban forestry management plan and to expand programs aimed at community involvement, education and outreach. Hiring of a full-time Urban Forester assisted in achieving goals such as regulation changes, tree inventories, and street improvement projects.

Amount: $15,000

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Smith St Urban Meadow Project to Stabilize Stream Embankment – LVG 11.4(City of Easton)

The main pedestrian connection from downtown Easton to the Lachenour Heights neighborhood, Smith Street Hill faced continued soil erosion issues that threatened pedestrian and traffic safety. The installation of an urban meadow utilizing native grasses and wildflowers has served to stabilize the steep bank as well as create an attractive landscape that both improves aesthetic value and limits ongoing maintenance costs to the City.

Amount: $11,900

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Ed. Programs for Kittatinny Ridge Conservation- LVG 11.6(Lehigh Gap Nature Center)

The Kittatinny Ridge lies between two conservation landscapes and within multiple townships and municipalities. Because of this, it often gets overlooked in conservation measures. Because the Lehigh Gap Nature Center considers protection of the Kittatinny Ridge as part of its mission, workshops and educational events were held in collaboration with Moravian College in order to educate at the grassroots level. These events highlighted the importance of this resource and conservation in the face of many threats.

Amount: $5,000

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Jordan Creek Greenway EnviroMentor Pilot Project- LVG 11.7(Wildlands Conservancy)

The Jordan Creek Greenway EnviroMentor program was developed in order to enable high school students, especially those involved in environmental studies or environmental clubs, to work with elementary and middle school students with similar interests. Throughout this program, students from Allentown Central Catholic High School and Parkland High School were presented with programs about the ecology of the Jordan Creek Greenway, which was then shared in presentations with mentored elementary school students.

Amount: $5,000

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South Mountain Highlands Land Protection- LVG 11.8(Wildlands Conservancy)

The South Mountain Nature Preserve is part of the federally designated and county recognized Pennsylvania Highlands. Conservation of the Highlands is a priority in order to preserve the cultural and ecological quality of this region. The Wildlands Conservancy worked to add approximately 300 acres to its South Mountain Preserve, proceeding with landowner outreach and site analysis.

Amount: $5,000

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Protect Natural Areas within Minsi Lake and Kittatinny Ridge Landscapes – LVG 11.9(The Nature Conservancy)

Conservation of both the Minsi Lake Landscape and the Kittatinny Ridge are priorities throughout the Lehigh Valley. The Northampton County Parks 2002 Plan cites the Greater Minsi Lake Corridor as an important ecological corridor and recommended its further protection. The Nature Conservancy worked to ensure conservation of this resource by working with landowners to acquire parcels, providing technical expertise and hosting guided outings and educational events with local partners.

Amount: $5,000

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Lower Mount Bethel Township Trail Resurfacing – LVG 11.10(Lower Mount Bethel Township)

The Lower Mount Bethel Township Fitness Trail was developed along the Lower
Meadow Trail at LMBT Welcome Center located in the village of Riverton. The
fitness trail includes nine stations with instructions for three exercises at each
station. The stations are warm-up, chin-up, sit-up, push-up, inclined body curl,
balance beam, hip rotation, leg lift, and cool down. Each station is constructed of
heavy gauge steel with rubberized low maintenance paint. The stations are
located just off a crushed stone path circling the Lower Meadow and provide views
of the Delaware River, wetland, and wooded areas.

Amount: $5,000

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Metrics of Success

tall-photo_03Conservation Practices
  • 1,200 acres of land conserved
  • 3,500 native plants restore stream banks
  • 2,000 trees reduce carbon
  • City Urban Forestry established
  • Constructed wetlands to reduce and manage stormwater
Trails and Outdoor Connections
  • 13 miles of D&L Trail in Lehigh County Built
  • 10 miles of trail open in Bushkill Corridor
  • Educated 30 urban youth in Lehigh Valley Adventure Camps
Educational Opportunities
  • 3 LEED certified green environmental education center buildings open
  • Sustainable Landscapes Bus Tour
  • Trails Summit
  • Ed McMahon Better Models for Development
  • 4 model environmental regulations developed