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Featured Project: New Bridge Street Crossing Closes Pennsylvania Top Ten Trail Gap

DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn speaks at the opening of the Bridge Street Crossing on the D&L Trail
Local and state officials recently celebrated the completion of the Bridge Street Crossing along the D&L Trail in Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
The new segment consists of two ramps and a street crossing. It forges an ADA accessible connection on the D&L Trail that was previously impassable due to the bridge abutment at Bridge Street.
The resulting connection creates a more than 75-mile section of uninterrupted trail from Allentown to Bristol.
“The new Bridge Street trail crossing is a major accomplishment,” said Claire Sadler, executive director of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (DLNHC). “This crossing not only fills a gap in the trail network but connects trail users to businesses along Bridge Street—the results of which we're already seeing through two new Trail Friendly Businesses that are eager to greet visitors.”
DCNR identified the Bridge Street crossing as one of Pennsylvania’s Top Ten Trail Gaps in 2016. These gaps require major infrastructure and multi-agency coordination to connect.
The Bridge Street connector project began in 2012, and construction finished in December 2023. Support for project planning and design came from DCNR, the William Penn Foundation, DLNHC, and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Construction funding came from the PennDOT Transportation Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program.
“This project is a testament to the power of partnerships and the value trails add in communities across the Commonwealth,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “We thank Morrisville for prioritizing trails and seeing the positive impacts they provide to the borough and its businesses.”
For more information on trail gaps, check out this past issue of the DCNR Grants News.
cutting the ribbon at the new Bridge Street Crossing along the D&L Trail

Wild Resource Conservation Program Now Accepting Grant Applications

Allegheny woodrat
DCNR is now accepting applications for Wild Resource Conservation Program grants.
The grants help protect the state’s native biodiversity. They benefit Pennsylvania’s non-game animals, native plants, orphan taxa, and their habitat.
“These grants are critical in supporting field research and on-the-ground conservation projects that protect some of our most vulnerable species,” DCNR Secretary Dunn said in a news release about the grants. “This program is vital to maintaining Pennsylvania’s ecosystem for generations to come and we look forward to seeing the new proposals for this round of applications.”
Among this year’s grant priorities are surveys and projects related to the conservation of:
  • Mammals like northern flying squirrel, Allegheny woodrat, and spotted skunk
  • Birds like northern harrier
  • Mussels like the clubshell and round hickorynut
  • Fish like Chesapeake logperch; and
  • Studies to better understand Pennsylvania’s rare plants through genetics and habitat modeling and their insect pollinators, as well as documenting Pennsylvania’s fungi.
Applications will be accepted through 4:00 PM on Monday, July 1.
Applications will only be accepted electronically through DCNR’s online grant application system.

DCNR Welcomes Winnie Okello, P.E. As New Park and Recreation Equity Specialist

Winnie Okello headshot
DCNR welcomes Winnie Okello, P.E. to the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. Winnie will serve in the newly created Park and Recreation Equity Specialist position.
In her new role, Winnie will lead development and implementation of the bureau’s Parks and Recreation Equity Program annual work plan. She will also encourage innovative ideas that promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in statewide grantmaking.
Winnie comes to DCNR from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where she assisted in that agency’s Environmental Justice policy, grant writing, public speaking, and community engagement.
Winnie is a graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She serves on several Bucknell College of Engineering alumni boards, and she loves to travel and see the world.

Reminder: Pennsylvania Outdoor Recreation Survey Open

DCNR is in the planning process for Pennsylvania’s 2025-2029 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. And we want to hear from you!
Please consider taking this 10-minute survey to share your favorite activities and views on outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania. A Spanish-language version is also available.
The deadline to respond is Wednesday, May 22.

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