Potomac Highlands Implementation Grants

To protect and restore the resources of the Potomac Highlands through implementation of conservation and restoration work.

The Mid-Atlantic Highland"s Action Program (HAP) is the foundation for the Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant.

The Mid-Atlantic Highlands encompasses 79,000 square
miles in the Central Appalachians of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The region hosts some of the most diverse and globally important resources on Earth.

It is rich in natural and cultural heritage where the environment plays an important role in the quality of life.

After years of resource extraction and lack of regard for natural resources, the Mid-Atlantic Highlands has become an area in need of attention.

Congress recognized the uniqueness of the area and the need to perform restoration, conservation and protection projects.

In 2002, Congress funded the Mid-Atlantic Highland Action Program (HAP).

HAP uses the best available science including strategic conservation, to improve the natural resources and socio-economic conditions in the Highlands.

Strategic conservation aims to build networks and connections between high value ecosystems by protecting intact resources and enhancing or restoring other areas.

This strategic approach provides a framework for revitalizing and connecting forested headwaters and lands through river corridors and natural stream channel design, wetlands, working lands, ridge lines, steep slopes, riparian buffers, and flood plains.

HAP is working toward achieving the following program goals:


Highlighting, protecting, and conserving special places that have ecological and cultural importance;


Highlighting important connections between these special places;


Revitalizing damaged ecosystems especially in key ecological corridors;


Empowering citizens and communities to strengthen the linkages among cultural heritage, economic viability and the condition of the environment;


Enhancing opportunities for the restoration industry in the Highlands, which will enhance lasting employment opportunities for its residents; and


Leveraging existing resources to support all these goals.

Potomac Highlands Implementation Grant will support the HAP goals within the geographic boundaries as defined above.

Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

EPA, Region 3, Mail Code 3EA00, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tom DeMoss, 410-295-1356, Email: demoss.tom@epa.gov

Susan Spielberger, 215-814-5356, fax 215-814-5718

Email: spielberger.susan@epa.gov.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are used to support on-the-ground project work relating to protection of ecological resources and services to improve the Potomac Highlands ecosystem.

For the purposes of the Potomac Highlands implementation grants, EPA considers the Potomac Highlands to be the Potomac Watershed west of and above the fall line plus the eight counties in the east central portion of West Virginia defined as the WV Potomac Highlands by the WV Department of Commerce.

The eight counties are: Mineral, Hampshire, Grant, Tucker, Randolph, Pendleton, Pocahontas, and Hardy.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official Government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Funds are awarded to eligible entities that best meet the selection criteria described in the Request for Proposals.