D&L Corridor and Wildlands Conservancy Partnering for Lehigh Valley Trail & Greenway Network
EASTON (September 20, 2016) – The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L) was recently awarded $750,000 from the William Penn Foundation to establish the Lehigh Valley Trail & Greenway Network. The D&L will partner with Wildlands Conservancy, the region’s land trust, to establish a robust regional trail coalition between the Lehigh Gap and Easton, Pennsylvania.
The mission of the Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation is to enhance the vitality and vibrancy of the Greater Philadelphia region. They are committed to increasing high-quality, educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged students; supporting arts, culture and the development of accessible and vibrant public spaces; and protecting the Delaware River watershed.
The grant will allow the region’s two premier conservation organizations to spearhead a coalition in the Lehigh Valley using already established partnerships including the D&L Trail Alliance and the Lehigh Valley Greenway Conservation Landscape. The resulting Network that will lead coordinated efforts to plan and develop a multi-use trail network that connects the Lehigh Valley to the Philadelphia area Circuit Trails and provides access to the Lehigh River.
William Penn will make the funds available over a three year period. As a result of this grant, at least six gaps in the D&L Trail and at least four gaps in connecting trails will be eliminated, a branding campaign will be successfully executed, and state and local trail funding will increase. The completed 165-mile D&L Trail is the longest multi-use trail in Pennsylvania, providing direct trail access to the upper reaches of the Delaware River Watershed.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that preserves historic pathway that carried coal and iron from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia. Today, the D&L Trail connects people to nature, culture, communities, recreation and our industrial heritage.