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.
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.
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.
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!
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.