Nov. 16, 2018

HARRISBURG – An additional 270 acres of land in Erie County will be preserved thanks to a Community Conservation Partnerships Program (CCPP) grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Rep. Parke Wentling (R-Crawford/Erie/Lawrence/Mercer) and Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-49) announced today.

“The funding will ensure two tracts of land can be enjoyed by the public for generations to come while also protecting a historical site,” Wentling said. “Erie County is home to many natural treasures. This funding will help add to the recreational opportunities already afforded to residents.”

The Lake Erie Region Conservancy (LERC) will receive the $89,800 grant to be used toward the acquisition of a conservation easement for acreage of the historic Battles Farm along Tannery Road in Girard Borough and Girard Township.

The conservancy also will also receive a $460,900 grant for the acquisition of approximately 182 acres in Girard Township for public access to a portion of Elk Creek and habitat protection.

“This is a major undertaking by the Conservancy and I applaud its efforts to preserve this land,” Laughlin said. “I am glad DCNR recognized the benefits of these conservation initiatives.”

LERC is a non-profit land trust that strives to identify and carry out projects that promote land conservation, access to nature-based recreation, property stewardship, environmental education and sustainable development.

The CCPP grant program is administered by DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation to provide financial and technical assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits. Funding is used for planning, acquisition and development of parks, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.

Representative Parke Wentling
17th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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