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(HARRISBURG) – The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is accepting applications for grants for 2016 community conservation and recreational projects, according to state Senator John R. Gordner.

“For more than twenty years, this program has funded almost 5,000 projects including parks, trails and land conservation measures,” said Senator Gordner. “An important part of its success has been the many local community partners committed to recreation and conservation programs.”

In 2016, DCNR will again focus on grant awards that advance local recreation and conservation priorities delineated in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, entitled Natural Connections.

“Some of the priorities include sustainable and ‘green’ park development, trails that close gaps in existing corridors and projects that help communities become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly,” said Senator Gordner. “It is also strongly recommended that area communities coordinate on regional projects.”

The application period will remain open until April 13. Grants will be funded through a variety of sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Information on the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan may be found at www.paoutdoorrecplan.com

Grant applications are available at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us

CONTACT: Todd B. Roup (717)787-8928