Bethlehem (November 19, 2019)- State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded a grant of $500,000 to the Wildlands Conservancy as part of its fourth and final round of Recreation and Conservation grants through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) specifically for land conservation projects.

“It is absolutely critical that our Commonwealth seeks to conserve our natural resources and promote open space.  Through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, the Commonwealth is able to partner in regional land conservation projects to improve the quality of life in our community,” Boscola said.  “Wildlands Conservancy has a tremendous history in working to protect and preserve natural habitats and this project will further that mission.”

Wildlands Conservancy, Inc., will use the grant award toward the acquisition of approximately 168 acres in Salisbury and Upper Saucon Townships for the creation of a new preserve and the protection of approximately 19 acres in Upper Saucon Township in the form of a land donation. 

The C2P2 program is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, rail and trail organizations, land trusts and other non-profits for park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.  The Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF).