Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project Kick Off

The Appalachian Mountain Club is conducting an assessment of land conservation opportunities to assist in the protection of a high quality trail experience through a GIS-based analysis of viewsheds along the Circuit Trails.

The study involves many area trails, including some of those managed by Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties. The goals of this analysis are two-fold. The first goal is to identify potential conservation opportunities within the trail’s viewshed. Secondly, a conservation assessment that scores and ranks these priority lands will be developed. This data will be used to provide organizations and partners with a conservation and visual assessment report to assist with local conservation efforts. Project partners will be asked to provide data about Key Observation Points along their trails in Wikimapping.

A pilot project is currently underway and covers an 8-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery and Berks County. The entire Visual Assessment Project will be completed by fall 2018.

Funding for this project was provided by The William Penn Foundation. 

 

 


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AMC Presents Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project

On Friday, September 22, 2017 members of the Appalachian Mountain Club staff presented the results of its Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Pilot Project to project stakeholders. Read More

Circuit Trails Visual Assessment Project Kick Off

The Appalachian Mountain Club is conducting an assessment of land conservation opportunities to assist in the protection of a high quality trail experience through a GIS-based analysis of viewsheds along the Circuit Trails. The study involves many area trails, including some of those managed by Montgomery, Delaware and Chester Counties. The goals of this analysis are two-fold. The first goal is to identify potential conservation opportunities within the trail’s viewshed. Secondly, a conservation assessment that scores and ranks these priority lands will be developed. This data will be used to provide organizations and partners with a conservation and visual assessment report to assist with local conservation efforts. Project partners will be asked to provide data about Key Observation Points along their trails in Wikimapping. A pilot project is currently underway and covers an 8-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Montgomery and Berks County. The entire Visual Assessment Project will be completed by fall 2018. Funding for this project was provided by The William Penn Foundation.      Read More

Congress Proposes Legislation to Reauthorize Highlands Conservation Act

Federal support is key to the success of land conservation efforts. Legislation like the Highlands Conservation Act, originally passed in 2004, has been instrumental in preserving valuable resources throughout the Highlands region. While the original authorization has lapsed, efforts are underway in Congress to reauthorize this important program. Read More