Federal Funding

The Highlands Conservation Act

Passed by Congress in 2004, the Highlands Conservation Act designated the four-state Highlands as a region of national importance and authorized up to $100 million in land acquisition funding, and $10 million in technical assistance funding to be made available over 10 years.

The Highlands Conservation Act authorization originally expired in 2014, and was reauthorized until 2021 in the omnibus spending package passed in March 2018. 

Land Conservation Funding

Federal funding provided by the Highlands Conservation Act has helped protect more than 6,000 acres of the highest valued conservation lands in the region, in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Provided through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, $30 million in federal funding has been allocated to the Highlands program since 2004, matching over $45 million in private and local matching funds.

Federally Funded Projects in the Highlands

News

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PA Highlands Trail Signage Installation Underway in Quakertown

PA Highlands Trails signage marking the PHTN route through Quakertown is being installed in the Borough.  Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Riparian Forest Buffer of Tinicum Township

Tinicum Township, in Bucks County, is located entirely within the Eastern portion of the Pennsylvania Highlands. Abutting the Delaware River, Tinicum is an active and engaged community. The Tinicum Civic Association automatically includes all residents, giving everyone a chance to get involved. The Association puts on the annual Arts Festival, which last year was supported by over 200 volunteers and raised over $100,000 dollars for local non-profits. Read More

#SaveLWCF: Jacobsburg State Park

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) serves as the main funding mechanism for the Highlands Conservation Act, allowing for the yearly allocation to protect the Pennsylvania Highlands and the rest of the four-state Highlands region. Congressional authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires on September 30, 2018, and must be reauthorized in order for funding to continue.  Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Valley Forge National Historic Park

Located on the Southeastern edge of the Pennsylvania Highlands, Valley Forge National Historic Park is a major attraction for history buffs and recreationists alike. The site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army, the park is filled with historic structures and monuments as you wind your way through the vast array of trail offerings. Read More