Bethlehem, October 23– State Senator Lisa M. Boscola announced today that the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has awarded seven grants in Lehigh & Northampton Counties, totaling $ 1,865,634 through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP).

“With the help of DCNR, there is the ability to partner in a local initiative to improve the quality of life in our community,” Boscola said. “It is important for us to protect and restore our environment now so future generations can enjoy it for years to come.”

The CCPP 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.

“I am always pleased when state funds find their way to the Lehigh Valley – we all stand to benefit.”

Grant recipients are as follows:

         Northampton County

  • Easton City, $81,000 – further development of the Easton Area Neighborhood Center including an outdoor classroom, play equipment, ADA access, pedestrian walkway, and other related site improvements.
  • Lower Saucon Township, $742,000 – payment toward the acquisition of approximately 149 acres along Lower Saucon Road to preserve open space and wetlands.
  • Natural Lands Trust, Inc., $674,500 – payment toward the acquisition of 44 acres of land along Nazareth Pike and Christian Spring Road in Bethlehem Township & Bethlehem City for open space and passive recreation.
  • Williams Township, $43,434 – payment toward the acquisition of a conservation easement on about 20 acres of woodland along Hexenkopf Road for preservation.
  • Williams Township, $118,000 – payment toward the acquisition of a conservation easement on about 48 acres along Raubsville Road within the Hexenkopf Natural Area for preservation of wetland and forested habitat. 

    Lehigh County

  • Salisbury Township, $180,000 – further development of Lindberg Park in Salisbury Township for a pedestrian walkway, installation of fencing, ADA access and other site improvements.
  • Salisbury Township, $26,700 – to prepare a Master Site Development Plan for the approximately 14-acre Laubach Park.