Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Receives REI Grant for Community Improvement Projects in Bedford County

 (July 8, 2015) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful received a grant from Recreation Equipment Incorporated (REI) in the amount of $4,000 for work in Bedford County. The scope of the grant will be carried out by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s local affiliate, Keep Bedford County Beautiful and includes: trash and tire removal along approximately 25 miles of the Raystown Branch Water Trail, riparian vegetation plantings and invasive plant removal along the Huntingdon and Broad Top Rail Trail, which parallels the Raystown Branch water trail, and initiating a Monarch Waystation program that will establish sites for monarch caterpillar food plants and nectar plants for monarch butterflies along trails in Shawnee State Park and Tenley Park, a community park adjacent to the Mid-State Trail and the Great Eastern Trail.

“REI’s commitment to community stewardship through its partnerships with local nonprofit organizations should be a model for corporate engagement nationwide.  Keep Bedford County Beautiful and REI together continue working toward a better Bedford County in which to live, work, and play,” said Guy Stottlemyer, Keep Bedford County Beautiful Affiliate Coordinator.

“We are grateful for REI’s support of local initiatives in Bedford County and their partnership with Keep Bedford County Beautiful,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.  “It is community partners, such as these, and countless local volunteers that are willing to roll up their sleeves that allows community improvement initiatives to be successful.”

Contact Guy Stottlemyer at Keep Bedford County Beautiful Affiliate to learn how to get involved with community improvement efforts. For a complete list of affiliate events visit Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Calendar of Events at https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/CalendarOfEvents.aspx?d=20150601.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 113 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.