Grant Updates

Schuylkill Highlands Mini Grant Awarded Project Update:

• Pike Township celebrated the opening of the new bridge and new trail connection to Weidner Park on August 17th.

• The Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust and Redevelopment Authority of Berks County just completed an Implementation Plan and Economic Impact Analysis for a heritage railway development on the Colebrookdale Railroad. This RR line goes from Pottstown to Boyertown. The study projects an economic benefit to the regional area of $7M and 200 new full time jobs based on first year 20,000 to 25,000 expectant visitors. Subsequent years result in nearly $1M in economic benefit yearly, and sustaining 80 full time jobs. This is just the catalyst that the Schuylkill Highlands Compatible Economic Development Plan for the Middle Schuylkill region suggests is needed. An article to follow on our website with further details on the study.

• Natural Lands Trust just completed a Stewardship Plan for Coventry Woods

• Berks Conservancy completed work suggested in the Boyertown Source Water Protection Plan

• Upper Hanover is leading a 7 municipal wayfinding system for the Upper Perkiomen area.

• Berks County Parks and Recreation Department is working on a stream bank restoration planting project along Tulpehocken Creek at Gring’s Mill.

• Hay Creek Valley Historical Association has a new interpretive station at Joanna Furnace.

• French and Pickering Creeks Conservation Trust is creating a trail to handicap fishing point at Tri-Town along with signage to access this French Creek location for public access.

• French and Pickering Creeks Conservancy and Green Valleys Association are collaborating on an assessment of the French Creek.

• The Schuylkill Canal is completing a new brochure of the canal trail connections.

• Pine Creek Watershed completed a new website– check it out Oley Hills Alive http://www.oleyhillsalive.org/

• National Audubon Society completed a Bird Town Program and brochure for the Unami Creek Valley and Green Lane regional areas of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape.

• Delaware Riverkeeper completed a Feasibility Study to forecast pathogens for safe recreational water use on the Schuylkill River between Pottstown and Phoenixville.

• Speakers House walking tour, signage and garden in Trappe are progressing.

• North Coventry Township is completing some park improvements to Kenilworth Park.

More on this topic can be found HERE


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