#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.
Hike 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.
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.
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.
The South Bethlehem Greenway is a paved-multi-use trail that runs through the south side of Bethlehem along a former rail corridor, and is an important trail section of the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN). The three-panel interpretive kiosk project began in 2017, with AMC staff meeting with Missy Hartney, the Director of the Southside Arts District (SSAD) to discuss the design. SSAD supported the project and provided content and photography for the kiosk. AMC also coordinated with the City of Bethlehem to determine the location of the kiosk along the Greenway. The city selected the location as the intersection of Polk Street and the Greenway. Bethlehem Park and Recreation staff provided a map of city recreation facilities that was utilized on one of the kiosk panels. The other two panels included information and photos about the Mid-Atlantic Highlands, PA Highlands Trail Network and the Southside Arts District. The South Bethlehem Greenway is planned to link directly to the Saucon Rail Trail in Hellertown, also part of the PHTN.