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- Partner Resources
For the D&L, partnership is second nature! The staff and board take a partnership approach to everything. Since the organization does not actually own the D&L Trail—the organization works directly with federal and state agencies, municipalities, and landowners to connect and maintain the trail and other regional treasures.
Partners of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor include federal agencies such as the National Park Service, state agencies such as the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, program partners such as the regional planning commissions, convention and visitors bureaus, landowners along the D&L Trail, private funders and corporations, and other nonprofits who contribute to the D&L Trail or Corridor goals.
The two anchor partners for the D&L –the National Park Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources—lead the way when it comes to land conservation, making trail connections, and federal and state legislation. Both partnerships require ongoing and close attention from the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor to address funding requirements set by both agencies.
The path of the D&L Trail passes through two State Parks (Lehigh Gorge and Delaware Canal) as well as lands owned by Lehigh County, multiple municipalities, a park commission and the non-profit Anthracite Scenic Trails, Inc. To assure all 165-miles are managed in consistent fashion, owners convene annually to discuss common issues and identify priorities.
We often partner with other nonprofits with similar goals –our partnership with the Wildlands Conservancy has been instrumental in the development of the Lehigh River Water Trail and THE LINK Trail Network in the Lehigh Valley. D&L is proud to work with DCNR to lead one of the longest-running Conservation Landscapes in the Commonwealth, Lehigh Valley Greenways. Since 2004, the Lehigh Valley Greenways Partnership has been coordinating efforts and leveraging resources for land conservation, outdoor recreation and environmental education
As you can see, encouraging partners’ capabilities is central to the work of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
Though we could never list all partners that have been invaluable to the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and the D&L Trail for 31 years, here are some partners that we work with most recently: