Planning and Research

PA Highlands Conservation Information Center

The 1.8 million acre Pennsylvania 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.

PA Highlands Map

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. PHCIC’s goal is to make it easy for users to search, access, and share PA Highlands data. 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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COVID-19 Impact Report finds Increased Use on Trails in the PA Highlands and across the state

In early June 2020, Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) released its report The COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Pennsylvania’s Non-motorized Trails: Increased Use, Added Strain, and a Newfound Appreciation, which includes feedback from PA Highlands trail managers. Read More

Upcoming Webinar: PA Highlands Coalition to host "Discover the Highlands Trail in Pennsylvania"

On Thursday, August 6th, 2020 at 2pm, Appalachian Mountain Club staff will present the Highlands Region interactive map and Highlands StoryMap during the upcoming webinar. Read More

US Senate Passed the Great American Outdoors Act

The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) passed the Senate on June 17th, 2020 by a wide bipartisan margin, 73-25! Read More

Recorded Webinar: "In Defense of Public Lands: Some Lessons on its Biological, Economic, and Social Value"

Watch the webinar from early June 2020 hosted by the PA Highlands Coalition, which featured Author and Professor of Political Science Steven Davis. Read More