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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-858



Availability of Grants under the Forest Lands Beautification Act

[29 Pa.B. 2794]

   The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department) will begin accepting grant applications for the Forest Lands Beautification Grant Program on June 1, 1999. The General Assembly has enacted the Forest Lands Beautification Act (Act 125 of 1998) (act) to address the illegal disposal of waste on State Forest and State Park lands. The purposes of the act are to deter illegal waste disposal practices on State Forest and State Park lands and provide for its removal, recycling and proper disposal. In addition, the purpose of the act is to provide for the abatement of illegal waste sites and the threats to public health, safety and the environment associated with the sites. The act also provides for the establishment of cooperative programs with local communities that prevent the illegal disposal of waste on State Forest and State Park lands or abutting lands.

   The act established the Forest Lands Beautification Fund. This fund received $1.5 million from the Recycling Fund created by the Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act of July 28, 1988 (Section 706 of Act 101). Moneys in the fund are appropriated to the Department to carry out the purposes of the act. This allocation may continue annually, upon approval of the Governor, for a period of 5 years from the effective date of the act, which was December 3, 1998.

   Grant funds are to be used for activities that cleanup active and inactive illegal dump sites and prevent further unauthorized disposal of waste on State Forest and State Park lands or abutting lands. In addition, activities that encourage proper disposal of waste on the lands, that encourage recycling and reduction of waste in those areas, and/or that increase public awareness of proper waste disposal methods will be funded.

   Local agencies and nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding. Large and small projects will be considered. Large projects are those larger than $25,000 and/or seeking to satisfy activities as described, but on a multicounty, regional or Statewide basis. Small projects are those between $5,000 and $25,000 and/or seeking to satisfy activities as described, but on an individual community, township, county, State Forest District or State Park basis. Large and small projects that first attack illegal dump sites and associated practices in the central and southcentral counties of this Commonwealth, as identified by the Department, will receive priority consideration for funding.

   The deadline for submitting completed grant applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 1999. Persons interested in applying for grant funding should contact the Department at the following address to obtain a program manual and application:  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, Forest Lands Beautification Grant Program Coordinator, 6th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, 400 Market Street, P. O. Box 8552, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552, (717) 783-0379, fax (717) 783-5109.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-858. Filed for public inspection May 28, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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