Tuesday, February 4, 2020

National Rails-To-Trails Conservancy Awards 2 Grants For Pennsylvania Projects

On February 4, the national Rails-To-Trails Conservancy awarded $100,000 in grants from the 2020 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund to support six regional and community projects across the country.
Two projects were in Pennsylvania--
-- Armstrong Trails (formerly Allegheny Valley Land Trust) is receiving $35,000 to open the Brady Tunnel in Clarion County, enabling a link between communities at a disjointed 4.5-mile northern section of trail, and the southern 31-mile portion connecting East Brady and Ford City. Completing this project will also help support increased connectivity and region-wide outdoor tourism along the larger 270-mile Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.
-- Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania is receiving a $5,000 state grant match to install a bridge that connects the D&H Rail-Trail to the small town of Lanesboro, Susquehanna County, and eliminate the need for an on-road detour that is dangerous to walkers and bicyclists.
"This year's projects will deliver a lasting return on investment for decades within their communities," said Jeff Doppelt, a philanthropist from Great Neck, New York. "The rails-to-trails movement is gaining momentum across the country, and these projects are leading the way as examples of regional trail projects that can spark community transformation."
For more information, visit the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy website. Click Here for rails-to-trails information for Pennsylvania.
Visit the Explore PA Trails to learn more about hiking and biking trails near you.
(Photo: Brady Tunnel Construction Begins, Courier Express.)
[Posted: February 4, 2020]  PA Environment Digest

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