A new trail connection has been unveiled in Clinton County: Falcon Bridge on the Bald Eagle Valley Trail.
The DCNR made the announcement this week during an inauguration ceremony. During the ceremony, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said, “Today’s announcement helps fill a critical trails gap and expand recreational opportunities for a region rich in beautiful natural landscapes.
The new bridge will help connect two sections of the Bald Eagle Valley Trail that had been divided by the Susquehanna River.
The Bald Eagle Valley Trail is in the Pennsylvania Savageswhich includes 2.1 million acres of public land, 29 state parks, eight state forests, and the Allegheny National Forest.
DCNR provided $334,700 in funding for Falcon Bridge development and other bridge-related rehabilitation work over the West Arm of the Susquehanna River. The project includes improvements to make the ADA Rail Trail accessible.
“Getting the 11.5 mile trail through the West Branch of the Susquehanna was the biggest hurdle connecting Lock Haven to the borough of Jersey Shore, where our trail will connect to the 62 mile Pine Creek Rail Trail” , Clinton said. Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Miles Kessinger.
“We commissioners recognized early on that a county without a great cycling facility loses a huge opportunity to attract visitors and improve the quality of life for its residents. We worked hard on this for a long time, but this could never have happened without the financial support and technical assistance from the federal and state governments, as well as tremendous local support.”
DCNR is also supporting the development of a 3.3 mile addition to the trail that will connect it to Lycoming Creek as part of the Clinton County Greenways and Open Spaces Plan.
The DCNR awards grants to a myriad of projects across the Commonwealth each year, including a Investment of $70 million in fiscal year 2021-2022. Its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants can fund:
- Planning, acquisition and development of public parks and recreation areas
- Motorized and non-motorized trails
- Conservation and access to the river
- Heritage spaces and equipment
- Conservation of critical habitat, natural areas and open spaces
Eligible applicants for these grants include counties, municipalities, municipal agencies, nonprofit organizations, state heritage areas, prequalified land trusts, and for-profit businesses (for certain types of grants).
Funding for the program comes from a variety of state funding sources, including Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, Environmental Stewardship Fund, ATV and Snowmobile Management Restricted Accounts, Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program, and sources federal agencies, including the Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water. Conservation fund. The DCNR selects the most appropriate source of funding depending on the applicant and the proposed project.