Madden: $125K grant to Pocono Heritage for local conservation project

Madden: $125K grant to Pocono Heritage for local conservation project

MONROE, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, said she was instrumental in getting the Pocono Heritage Land Trust a $125,000 conservation grant toward the acquisition of approximately 61.5 acres in Stroud and Hamilton townships for recreation and greenway connectivity.

The grant was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“Outdoor recreation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, connects constituents to the outdoors while stimulating tourism in the Poconos,” Madden said. “The social benefits of our recreational land attractions improve fitness, enhance the quality of the environment, and help our families and neighbors connect with one another.”

DCNR grants help communities and nonprofit organizations in Monroe County and across Pennsylvania acquire land for public parks and open space to be enjoyed by all for generations to come.

DCNR supports land conservation and acquisition through several methods, including:

  • The acquisition of lands that are added to state parks, state forests and state game lands.
  • Grant funding assistance for acquisition of trail corridors, recreations areas, greenways, critical habitat and other open space by local government or nonprofit organizations.
  • Grant funding assistance for the purchase of conservation easements.
  • Grant funding assistance to organizations for large, landscape-scale planning efforts.