Final Call To Support The Lackawanna River

The January 18 voting deadline for the Pennsylvania “River of the Year” competition is “rapidly”approaching. 

Currently, the Lackawanna River is in second place behind the Schuylkill River.  With a little luck and one final community push, we just may be able to wind up the winner.              

Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley and the Lackawanna River Corridor Association have been the prime proponents of this activity along with Paul Brennan, Principal at Riverside Elementary West in the Riverside School District, who nominated the local tributary.                 

The winner will receive a great deal of publicity, a $10,000 grant and a large community celebration.                

To vote for the Lackawanna River, please go to

Trail Groundbreaking

The Lackawanna County Commissioners are present at the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area Groundbreaking of the Scranton to Taylor Trail, the newest section of the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.   

Treevitalize Grants Available to Help Local Communities

Program Focuses On Planting Trees Along Streets and in Parks and Greenways

Scranton, PA (January 24, 2012) – The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) announces that the spring 2011 round of the TreeVitalize Metro Grants Program is now open. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Municipalities or municipal agencies in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties are encouraged to apply to the program for tree planting projects. Trees may be planted within the public right-of-way along streets, or within parks and greenways open to the public. A TreeVitalize Metro grant will pay for trees and tree supplies, site preparation, and tree-planting costs. The grant will cover 50% of the total project cost, up to a maximum grant award of $15,000. The applicant must provide 25% of the total project cost in cash, and 25% in volunteer time and/or donated services.

Trees increase the quality of life for urban residents. They help to capture storm water and reduce runoff, improve air and water quality, reduce urban heat island effects, beautify communities and increase property values, reduce heating and cooling costs, and improve human health. TreeVitalize is a statewide initiative led by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in partnership with Penn State Extension Urban Forestry, local governments, organizations, and businesses to plant one million trees in Pennsylvania’s metropolitan areas by 2012.

LHV is the regional TreeVitalize Metro partner for Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties. Since 2009, LHV has awarded 20 grants totally $127,996 to communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania for their tree planting programs.

The TreeVitalize Metro Grant Program guidelines, application form, and additional information are available at, or by contacting April Rogato, LHV Executive Assistant, at (570) 963-6730 ext. 8200 or

The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area works with community partners on projects that conserve, preserve, and educate the public about the region’s historic, cultural, economic and natural resources. For general information about the organization, visit