Pennsylvania Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Richard G. Sprenkle recently awarded five grants totally $2.2 million to develop and improve OHV riding opportunities for snowmobile and ATV owners.
At the 6,000-acre site of the former K&J Coal Co., Sprenkle presented a $2 million grant to the Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority for acquisition of the property in Cambria and Clearfield Counties. The tract, now known as the Rock Run Recreation Area, is being developed as a multi-use, motorized recreation and county park.
The K&J site is part of a 12-county regional plan for motorized recreation known as Project Ridge RIDER. The effort includes selecting former mining lands for development and conceptual planning for motorized recreation use.
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Snowmobile/ATV grant program can help to buy land, develop plans and surveys; construct and maintain snowmobile and ATV trails, buy equipment and conduct training relating to snowmobile and ATV use.
Grants are made possible from changes to the Snowmobile/ATV law passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2001. Using funds from the Snowmobile/ATV fund, DCNR can award grants each year to municipalities, profit and nonprofit organizations for trail development on county, municipal, nonprofit and private lands. Previously, the law restricted the funds to be used solely on state-controlled lands.