PHTN Planning

The Steering Committee for the Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) has developed a conceptual PHTN trunk route that envisions connections between several existing trails across the Pennsylvania Highlands region. In addition to creating a network of existing trails, the PHTN will connect several state parks, national historic sites and landmarks, scenic vistas, and downtown business/cultural districts.

At the local level, PHTN planning efforts have helped bring together trail and park planners from across county and municipal borders, fostering trail connectivity between existing and planned trails.

DCNR Conservation Landscapes

The PHTN will connect four of the seven Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources designated Conservation Landscapes, including: Lehigh Valley Greenways, Schuylkill Highlands, Susquehanna Riverlands, and South Mountain. To view a map of the PHTN alignment with the four Conservation Landscapes click here.

The Pennsylvania Highlands Trail Network highlights common themes found throughout the Highlands Region and the Conservation Landscapes. These themes are representative of the geological characteristics, and related land-use patterns and history common to the Highlands Region.

 

 

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#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

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. Read More

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