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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Highlight the Highlands: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site Celebrates National Public Lands Day

10/3/19 — In the PA Highlands, on Saturday September 28th, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site hosted a NPL Day event to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of the site. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Valley Forge National Historical Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day

10/2/19 — In the heart of the PA Highlands, citizens celebrated National Public Lands Day at Valley Forge National Historical Park by engaging in voluntary trail work on Saturday, September 28th. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Pine Grove Furnace State Park Celebrates National Public Lands Day

10/1/19 — In the western section of the PA Highlands, community members celebrated National Public Lands Day at Pine Grove Furnace State Park by planting 30 native trees on Saturday, September 28th. Read More

Unami Creek Greenway Project Public Meeting

The Appalachian Mountain Club has partnered with Heritage Conservancy to study land conservation and trail development along the Unami Creek in Milford Township, Bucks County. Read More