Pashinski, Mullery announce $850,000 grant awarded for local state forest expansion

HARRISBURG, Nov. 19 – State Reps. Eddie Day Pashinski and Gerald Mullery, both D-Luzerne, announced today that Newport and Hanover townships have received $850,000 in state funds to expand state forest land.

The funding will be used for the acquisition of approximately 1,400 acres in the townships for an addition to Pinchot State Forest.

“This is major investment in our state forest, I’m glad the residents and visitors of both townships will benefit from this with a clean, green place to enjoy for generations,” Pashinski said.

“This grant is a win-win for Luzerne County. It will not only go a long way in expanding our green space, but also will further protect the natural beauty of our landscape,” Mullery said.  

The grants are among dozens awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through its Community Conservation Partnerships Programs.

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation assists local governments, recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to conservation, parks and recreation, including conservation of open space, river conservation and access, and the planning, acquisition and development of public parks. More information can be found here.