Lawrence County received a $25,000 Keystone Fund grant to create a greenway and recreation plan that is consistent with its 2004 Comprehensive County Plan. It develops a county-wide rural recreation plan for municipalities with little or no access to recreation lands and facilities. It will develop a greenway system that maintains the character of the County and allows for multi-use trails for alternative transportation, recreation and educational development.
The plan identifies facilities that will – in conjunction with adjoining municipalities, schools, and private organizations – present a variety of recreational amenities for residents of all ages. It calls for the preservation and reclamation of natural floodplains to enhance water quality, and protect wildlife habitat and open space.
Included in the plan is the development of a greenway system that promotes the preservation of steep slopes, floodplains, wetlands, and natural resources identified in the Lawrence County Natural Heritage Inventory.
“The greenways plan will be an invaluable tool for protecting sensitive conservation areas and enhancing recreational opportunities throughout the county,” said Megan Gehring, Watershed Specialist with the Lawrence County Conservation District.