Sherwood delivers $3 million for environmental projects in Pike

By TOM KANE

MILFORD, PA — Congressman Don Sherwood announced more than $3 million in federal funding for conservation and environmental projects in Pike County.

“This funding will support local efforts that will protect what we have in Pike County,” Sherwood said.

The legislation had been passed by the House and the Senate and will be signed by the president very soon, he said.

It’s the partnerships between all the groups that care about Pike County that make this possible, he said.

The recipients and the funding amounts are $2.3 million secured by Sherwood, Senators Rick Santorum and Arlen Specter, to conserve 2,581 acres of forest land in the county as part of a History of Forestry project; $700,000 to continue the renovation of residential cabins at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), $35,000 to the Milford Enhancement Committee to continue sidewalks and other streetscape improvements in the Milford business district; and $25,000 to the Milford Shade Tree Commission to continue tree management and public awareness programs in Milford Borough.

The forest legacy grant, obtained through the good offices of the Delaware Highland Conservancy, will go to three landowners who wish to preserve their land from development perpetually. These are the Nebo Hunting Club, the Bluestone Hunting Club and the Milford Experimental Forest managed by the Pinchot Family.

“This grant is not totally able to purchase the three forests, but it’s a start,” Sherwood said. “We will be looking for more funding in the future to make the entire project happen.”

TRR photo by Tom Kane
Congressman Don Sherwood sings the praises of Pike County. (Click for larger version)