Photos credit: Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Area.
Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project
Scenic views enhance the enjoyment of using The Circuit Trails. As development pressure in this region increases, areas of scenic value may disappear, presenting challenges for planners. The targeted protection of land that provides high scenic values to nearby trails will preserve and protect a high-quality trail experience, as well as conserve important natural resources.
The goals of the Circuit Trails Visual Assessment project are two-fold. First, the study analyzes Circuit Trails in suburban and rural landscapes to identify potential conservation needs based on the trail’s viewshed. Second, using the results of the analysis, a conservation assessment and ranking of priority lands is developed. This report also describes the methodology used to assess the land conservation priorities of The Circuit Trails viewsheds. The methodology was developed from a visual assessment pilot project that focused on a section of the Schuylkill River Trail and was reviewed by the project steering committee. The study results can be used as a tool by conservancies and land managers to assist in prioritizing conservation efforts.
Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project
The Pilot Project includes an assessment of approximately eight (8) miles of the Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery and Berks Counties. Click the link below for the final Pilot Project for the Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project report.
Grant funding from the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape funded a trail feasiblity study in Upper Bucks County.
iNaturalist Projects in the PA Highlands
Combining the value of citizen science with species identification, iNaturalist gives everyday people the ability to connect with their local environment and identify the flora and fauna they observe.
National Public Lands Day 2020: More Ways to Connect to Nature
This year’s NPLD will look a little different, but it’s largely virtual format will give people in or near the Pennsylvania’s Highlands region plenty of opportunities to engage in a celebration and appreciation of our public lands, while contributing to volunteer efforts from behind their computer.
Great American Outdoors Act signed into Law
On August 4th, 2020 GAOA was enacted into law! This measure provides full, permanent dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and a $5.9B investment over 5 years to address the maintenance backlog on public lands.