Grant to preserve trail in Birmingham, Westtown

State Rep. Carolyn Comitta, D-156, announced that Natural Lands Trust Inc. would receive a $250,000 grant through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program to acquire a conservation and trail easement for a half-mile trail and public parking on the Moore property, located in Birmingham and Westtown townships.

The grant comes from the Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development to administer Pennsylvania's economic stimulus packages.

"I'm pleased and thankful that the Moore property's natural and historical benefits will be preserved for years to come with the help of this grant," Comitta said in a press release. "Congratulations to Natural Land Trust for successfully applying for these funds."

The Moore property is 88.1 acres and contains fields, open meadows, woodlands, steep slopes, several tributaries to Radley Run, and Osborne Hill, which is associated with the Revolutionary War's Brandywine Battlefield. According to Natural Lands Trust, the total project cost is $2,274,375.

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund, which allocates funds to the CFA for planning, acquisition, development, rehabilitation and repair of greenways, recreational trails, open space, parks and beautification projects using the GTRP. Program grants cannot exceed $250,000 for any project, and a 15 percent match of the total project cost is required.

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