2018 was another busy year for AMC staff, the PHTN Steering Committee and the volunteer Highlands Trail Stewards. Read on for last year’s accomplishments.
The PHTN Steering Committee met six times throughout the year to discuss the latest projects and issues concerning trail development in the Lehigh Valley and Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Projects that AMC staff and members of the Steering Committee worked on include:
Continued planning the development of the 3.0 mile Upper Bucks Rail Trail (Springfield and Richland Townships)
Worked with the Tollgate Landing HOA to complete the Trail Feasiblity Study (Richland and Milford Townships)
Worked with the Boy Scouts and Marlborough Township to complete the Musser Scout Camp Trail Feasiblity Study (Marlborough Township, Montgomery County)
Installation of PHTN intrepretive kiosks in Berks, Bucks and Northampton Counties
Worked with the D&L National Heritage Area and Bucks County to develop a new trailhead on Route 32 in Bridgeton Township that provides access to the D&L Trail and Ringing Rocks Park; and
Installation of directional signage marking the PHTN route within Quakertown Borough.
Highlands Trail Stewards
The Highlands Trail Stewards were very active this year, working to maintain and build trails and install signage in Ringing Rocks County Park and at the end of 2018, beginning development of a natural surface nature trail in Veterans Park, Richland Township.
The Steering Committee and Highlands Trail Stewards look forward to a productive year of planning and developing more sections of the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network.
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.