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 11,600 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, $67.25 million in federal funding has been allocated to the Highlands program since 2004.

Yearly List of Funding Levels

2007: $2,000,000

2008: $1,750,000

2009: $1,500,000

2010: $4,000,000

2012: $5,000,000

2015: $3,000,000

2016: $10,000,000

2017: $10,000,000

2018: $10,000,000

2019: $20,000,000

Federally Funded Projects in the Highlands

News

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AMC Raises LWCF Awareness at Valley Forge National Historical Site

Appalachian Mountain Club Delaware Valley Chapter outdoor leader and conservation chair joined 11 hikers at Valley Forge National Historical Park to hike 6 miles and talk about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund on Wednesday, October 30th. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition Hosts Local Funding Webinar

On Thursday October 31st, 2019 the PA Highlands Coalition hosted “Match Funding: Open Space Referendums and other local tools to support Land Conservation” during a one-hour webinar. Read More

AMC Highlights LWCF at Washington Crossing State Park

On Wednesday, October 30th, AMC Delaware Valley Chapter outdoor leader and Mid Atlantic conservation policy staff joined 36 hikers to walk 9 miles and talk about the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition to Host Local Funding Webinar

On Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 2pm, the PA Highlands Coalition will host the webinar “Match Funding: Open Space Referendums and other local tools to Support Land Conservation.” Read More