Boston- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announced today that the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is awarding $3,940 in matching funds for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Wilbur Clearing, an Appalachian Trail back country overnight site located on the Mount Greylock State Reservation.
“The highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock offers stunning views and challenging terrain to hikers and nature enthusiasts alike,” said Downing. “We are lucky to have such natural beauty in our own back yard. DCR’s Partnerships Matching Funds Program helps to preserve our natural environment for generations to come.”
DCR announced a total of $755,226 in matching funds for improvement and enhancement projects in state parks and other facilities across the Commonwealth. The money, allocated through DCR’s Partnerships Matching Funds Program, will support 21 new projects. An additional $800,000 will be reallocated to 15 existing projects that were not able to be completed last year. This program is funded through DCR’s five-year capital budget.
The Partnerships Matching Funds Program accepts applications from Friends groups and other park advocacy groups, civic and community organizations, institutions, businesses, and individuals with an interest in improving the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources. DCR considers applications that will provide a match of non-state funds for capital projects in state parks. DCR assigns a project manager to each approved project; the manager will oversee implementation of the project in close consultation with the partners making the contributions.
For more information on the Partnerships Matching Funds program, and to receive an application for Fiscal Year 2010, call 617-626-4917, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information and applications also are available at www.mass.gov/dcr.