GIS Clearinghouse

The PA Highlands GIS Clearinghouse is designed to help with the location of available spatial data pertaining to the PA Highlands. The Clearinghouse displays file names, originators, publication dates, and web locations of available PA Highlands data. Common spatial file types include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) raster and vector data, aerial and satellite imagery, and downloadable spreadsheets in .CSV and Excel format. Important maps available only in PDF or JPG form are also available as well as a list of major data center web portals and online mapping applications are included.

All users with data to share are encouraged to do so through the Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access – The Pennsylvania Geospatial Data Clearinghouse (PASDA). For information on how to submit data layers to PASDA, click here. PASDA also maintains a keyword search option for data pertaining to the PA Highlands. Search using the keyword – highlands.

If you see a spatial dataset that is missing, please contact us at, so we can fill in the gaps.

GIS Data for the Pennsylvania Highlands:

A compilation of available spatial data for the region, including GIS raster and vector data, aerial and satellite imagery, and downloadable spreadsheets in .CSV and Excel format as well as includes important maps in PDF or JPG form.

For assistance in locating base data layers within the clearinghouse directories, check out Guide to Base Data.

The GIS data is organized by file nameoriginator, and data theme.

Major Data Portals for the Pennsylvania Highlands:

A list including major data center web portals and online mapping applications. Major data portals are organized by file name.

Data files are current as of January 2011. For any questions, concerns, or suggestions, contact us at


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PA Highlands Coalition Hosts Webinar on Multi-Functional Buffers

On June 12th, the PA Highlands Coalition held a webinar on multi-functional riparian stream buffers. This webinar focused on the ways conservation groups can encourage buffer planting for landowners, the concept of agroforestry, and recent DCNR grants for riparian buffers. Read More

South Bethlehem Greenway Gets New Kiosk

AMC partnered with the city of Bethlehem and the Southside Arts District to design and install a new interpretive kiosk along the South Bethlehem Greenway. Read More

PA Highlands Coalition to Host Multi-functional Riparian Buffer Webinar

The PA Highlands Coalition will be hosting a webinar titled “Multi-functional Riparian Buffers – A new and collaborative approach to land and water conservation” on June 12th, 2018 at 10:30am.  Read More

Public-Private Partnership Provides New Trailhead Signs at Ringing Rocks

Bucks County, the D&L National Heritage Corridor, Bridgeton Township and the Appalachian Mountain Club recently teamed to design and install directional and interpretive signage at a new trailhead in Bridgeton Township. Read More