Conservancy assistance funds awarded
March 02, 2014 1:45 AM

The Dominion Foundation has awarded the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy a total of $2,000 through three proposals submitted.

Funds will be used to assist with necessary insurance costs, to secure the services of a contractor who will help with the publication of CVC’s semiannual electronic newsletter, and to fund a project that will help control Japanese knotweed, an aggressive, invasive plant that grows along the Jim Mayer Trail.

The Conemaugh Valley Conservancy celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014 and its Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team celebrates its 15th. CVC has leveraged millions of dollars of grants for recreation and conservation projects in Armstrong, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties. Its annual sojourn on the Stonycreek, Conemaugh and Kiskiminetas rivers will be June 5-8. Its West Penn Trail, a 16-mile hiking and biking trail in Indiana and Westmoreland counties, is open to the public. CVC’s Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team manages a volunteer corps that monitors the quality of area waterways, provides technical assistance to watershed groups and oversees local Trout in the Classroom projects.

Its Natural Biodiversity program establishes native habitats where invasive plant species exist and is working with the Johnstown School District to create school gardens.

Matching funds are necessary to help the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy accomplish its mission of preserving, conserving and promoting the natural resources of the region through citizen stewardship and low-impact recreation.

To get involved, make a donation. To learn more, visit www.conemaughvalleyconservancy.org.

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