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.
AMC Presents Visual Assessment Project at PALTA Conference
On May 16th, AMC staff presented its study “Protecting Significant Views on The Circuit: A Visual Assessment of Conservation Priorities Along The Circuit Trails” at the Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference.
AMC Hosts The Circuit Trails Visual Assesment Study Webinar
On Wednesday, April 24th, Appalachian Mountain Club hosted a webinar to present its comprehensive visual assessment project of 30 Circuit Trails in PA and NJ.
AMC and Lehigh Partner on Saucon Park Signage Project
AMC partnered with Lehigh University to design and install two interpretive signs in Saucon Park in the City of Bethlehem. The signs interpret natural and historical features location in the park.
AMC Completes Study of 30 Circuit Trails
Visual Assessment Project
AMC has completed its Visual Assessment Study, “Protecting Significant Views Along The Circuit: A Visual Assessment of Land Conservation Priorities for Viewsheds Along The Circuit Trails.” With funding from the William Penn Foundation, AMC and project participants studied thirty Circuit Trails in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the goal of determining locations of unprotected parcels within key trail viewsheds.