Federal Funding

The Highlands Conservation Act

Passed by Congress in 2004, the Highlands Conservation Act designated the four-state Highlands as a region of national importance and authorized up to $100 million in land acquisition funding, and $10 million in technical assistance funding to be made available over 10 years.

The Highlands Conservation Act has since expired and efforts are underway to renew this program through 2024. H.R. 1281 has been introduced in Congress, with significant support from Members of Congress representing lands in the Highlands Region.

Land Conservation Funding

Federal funding provided by the Highlands Conservation Act has helped protect more than 6,000 acres of the highest valued conservation lands in the region, in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and local governments. Provided through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, $30 million in federal funding has been allocated to the Highlands program since 2004, matching over $45 million in private and local matching funds.

Federally Funded Projects in the Highlands

News

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AMC Completes Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project

The Appalachian Mountain Club has completed its Visual Assessment Pilot Project of a section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery and Berks Counties. Read More

2017 PHTN Accomplishments

2017 was a busy year for the PHTN Steering Committee and the volunteer Highlands Trail Stewards.  Read on for last year’s accomplishments. Read More

Lower Saucon Buys Highlands Open Space

Last month, Lower Saucon Township announced the purchase of 35 acres in the Northampton Highlands, part of the federally designated Pennsylvania Highlands. Read More

The Latest Highlands Trail Stewards Projects

November was a busy month for AMC’s all-volunteer trail crew, the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Stewards, who have been working hard to improve trails in Bucks County.  Read More