Harrisburg, January 26, 2016 – State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) today announced over $700,000 in state grant funds for conservation/recreational projects in Luzerne County.

“These state grant dollars will support worthy local initiatives that will enhance our region’s recreational offerings for families and individuals,” Yudichak said.

The projects include:

  • $480,000 to the North Branch Land Trust to expand the D&L Trail by 2.2 miles from Laurel Run Road in Laurel Run Township to the Seven Tubs Nature Area in Plains Township. The work will include a 0.3-mile connector trail, trail head, ADA access, landscaping and other site improvements.
  • $221,000 to Natural Lands Trust, Inc., to acquire 161 acres along White Haven Road in Bear Creek Township to create more open space and recreational opportunities.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant,” said Paul Lumia, Executive Director of the North Branch Land Trust. “It allows us to realize our plan to have a trail from Laurel Run to the Tubs creating exciting new recreational opportunities for the entire region.”

“The Poconos region is home to some of Pennsylvania’s most treasured landscapes,” noted Molly Morrison, President of Natural Lands Trust. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to preserve another important piece of that landscape and to expand our 3,400-acre Bear Creek Preserve. Once again, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has demonstrated its commitment to providing its citizens with thriving wildlife habitats, clean water, and inspiring places to play.”

The Community Conservation Partnership grants are administered by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The program is aimed at helping local governments and organizations acquire and develop parks, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

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