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PA Highlands Map

Locator Map of the Pennsylvania Highlands

PA Highlands Conservation Information Center

 

The 1.8 million acre Pennsylvania (PA) Highlands region extends along a corridor of high elevation forested land from the Delaware River at the New Jersey border to the Maryland border in central PA. This landscape is part of the 3.5 million acres Mid-Atlantic Highlands region that spans the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. For more information on the Highlands Region, visit the Appalachian Mountain Club’s website dedicated to the region.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Conservation Information Center (PHCIC) provides tools to assist conservation planning and implementation as well as to track land conservation results in the PA Highlands. The goal of PHCIC is to make it easy for users to search, access, and share data on the PA Highlands. The website was developed and is maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

The PA Highlands GIS Clearinghouse is designed to help users locate available spatial data pertaining to the PA Highlands.

The PA Highlands Land Conservation and Trails Tracking System allows users to view statistics and new land conservation acquisitions for protected lands and trails within the PA Highlands.

PA Highlands Parcel Level Analysis for Landscape Land Protection and Long Distance Trails highlights studies conducted in the PA Highlands that focus on parcel level analyses for land protection and development of trails.

PA Highlands Related Resources highlights organizations working within the PA Highlands region, as well as important research, model ordinances/easements/ agreements, zoning documents, county-level conservation district programs and resources, and conservation, recreation, and planning projects occurring in the area.

For any questions, concerns, or suggestions, contact us at amcpahighlands@outdoors.org.

This website is for general information only. It is updated periodically without prior notice, and the information and links may not all be current. The AMC assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or any liability for damages resulting from use of any of the material. AMC makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, or reliability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance placed on such information is strictly at the users own risk. Links to other websites from this website are not under the control of the AMC and we have no control over the nature, content and availability of said websites. Inclusion of these web links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed within them.

 

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#SaveLWCF: Jacobsburg State Park

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) serves as the main funding mechanism for the Highlands Conservation Act, allowing for the yearly allocation to protect the Pennsylvania Highlands and the rest of the four-state Highlands region. Congressional authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires on September 30, 2018, and must be reauthorized in order for funding to continue.  Read More

Hike the Highlands: Valley Forge National Historic Park

Located on the Southeastern edge of the Pennsylvania Highlands, Valley Forge National Historic Park is a major attraction for history buffs and recreationists alike. The site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army, the park is filled with historic structures and monuments as you wind your way through the vast array of trail offerings. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition Hosts Webinar on Multi-Functional Buffers

On June 12th, the PA Highlands Coalition held a webinar on multi-functional riparian stream buffers. This webinar focused on the ways conservation groups can encourage buffer planting for landowners, the concept of agroforestry, and recent DCNR grants for riparian buffers. Read More

South Bethlehem Greenway Gets New Kiosk

AMC partnered with the city of Bethlehem and the Southside Arts District to design and install a new interpretive kiosk along the South Bethlehem Greenway. Read More