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 amcpahighlands@outdoors.org, 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 amcpahighlands@outdoors.org.

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PA Highlands Trail Signage Installation Underway in Quakertown

PA Highlands Trails signage marking the PHTN route through Quakertown is being installed in the Borough.  Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Riparian Forest Buffer of Tinicum Township

Tinicum Township, in Bucks County, is located entirely within the Eastern portion of the Pennsylvania Highlands. Abutting the Delaware River, Tinicum is an active and engaged community. The Tinicum Civic Association automatically includes all residents, giving everyone a chance to get involved. The Association puts on the annual Arts Festival, which last year was supported by over 200 volunteers and raised over $100,000 dollars for local non-profits. Read More

#SaveLWCF: Jacobsburg State Park

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) serves as the main funding mechanism for the Highlands Conservation Act, allowing for the yearly allocation to protect the Pennsylvania Highlands and the rest of the four-state Highlands region. Congressional authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund expires on September 30, 2018, and must be reauthorized in order for funding to continue.  Read More

Highlight the Highlands: Valley Forge National Historic Park

Located on the Southeastern edge of the Pennsylvania Highlands, Valley Forge National Historic Park is a major attraction for history buffs and recreationists alike. The site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army, the park is filled with historic structures and monuments as you wind your way through the vast array of trail offerings. Read More