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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#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

Hike 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

PA Highlands Coalition Hosts Webinar on Multi-Functional Buffers

On June 12th, the PA Highlands Coalition held a webinar on multi-functional riparian stream buffers. This webinar focused on the ways conservation groups can encourage buffer planting for landowners, the concept of agroforestry, and recent DCNR grants for riparian buffers. Read More

South Bethlehem Greenway Gets New Kiosk

AMC partnered with the city of Bethlehem and the Southside Arts District to design and install a new interpretive kiosk along the South Bethlehem Greenway. Read More