Mullery: $1.85M grant awarded to expand and conserve area state forest lands

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 –  State funding in the amount of $1.85 million has been awarded to two organizations to expand and conserve state forest lands throughout Luzerne County, state Rep. Gerald Mullery, D-Luzerne, announced today.  

“This is a significant investment in our state forests, which provide residents and visitors with a green space for recreation and relaxation,” Mullery said. “I am pleased to see the state approve these funds so our state forests will be available for everyone to enjoy for many years to come.” 

The organizations receiving grants awarded today include: 

  • Wildlands Conservancy Inc. -- $1 million towards the acquisition of 3,000 acres of land in Foster and Hazle townships, Luzerne County, and neighboring townships in Carbon County for an addition to Weiser State Forest.  

  • North Branch Land Trust -- $850,000 towards the acquisition of 700 acres of land in Newport and Hanover townships for an addition to Pinchot State Forest.  

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with state and federal funding from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund; Pennsylvania Trails Fund; Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program; and the ATV Restricted Management Account Fund.