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.

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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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Congress Passes Permanent Reauthorization of LWCF

After allowing the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expire on September 30, 2018, all eyes have been on Congress as PA Highlands Coalition partners and conservation advocates across the country worked to permanently reauthorize the program and to secure full and dedicated funding. Read More

Highlands funding doubled in 2019 spending bill

Signed by the President on February 15th, the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) Omnibus Appropriations package has allocated $20 million for the Highlands Conservation Act, a 100% increase from Fiscal Year 2018 levels.  Read More

PHTN 2018 Accomplishments

2018 was another busy year for AMC staff, the PHTN Steering Committee and the volunteer Highlands Trail Stewards.  Read on for last year’s accomplishments. Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Winter Events and Things to Do

The winter holidays are a time of joy, fun, family, and friends. However, it can also be a time of heavy eating, staying inside, and falling behind on routines. Are you looking for a way to enjoy the Pennsylvania Highlands over your winter break? Read More