Planning and Research

PA Highlands Conservation Information Center

The 1.8 million acre Pennsylvania Highlands region extends along a corridor of high elevation forested land from the Delaware River at the New Jersey border to the Maryland border in central PA. This landscape is part of the 3.5 million acres Mid-Atlantic Highlands region that spans the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. For more information on the Highlands Region, visit the Appalachian Mountain Club’s website dedicated to the region.

PA Highlands Map

The Pennsylvania Highlands Conservation Information Center (PHCIC) provides tools to assist conservation planning and implementation as well as to track land conservation results in the PA Highlands. PHCIC’s goal is to make it easy for users to search, access, and share PA Highlands data. The website was developed and is maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC).

The PA Highlands GIS Clearinghouse is designed to help users locate available spatial data pertaining to the PA Highlands.

The PA Highlands Land Conservation and Trails Tracking System allows users to view statistics and new land conservation acquisitions for protected lands and trails within the PA Highlands.

PA Highlands Parcel Level Analysis for Landscape Land Protection and Long Distance Trails highlights studies conducted in the PA Highlands that focus on parcel level analyses for land protection and development of trails.

PA Highlands Related Resources highlights organizations working within the PA Highlands region, as well as important research, model ordinances/easements/ agreements, zoning documents, county-level conservation district programs and resources, and conservation, recreation, and planning projects occurring in the area.

For any questions, concerns, or suggestions, contact us at amcpahighlands@outdoors.org.

This website is for general information only. It is updated periodically without prior notice, and the information and links may not all be current. The AMC assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or any liability for damages resulting from use of any of the material. AMC makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, or reliability with respect to the website or the information contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance placed on such information is strictly at the users own risk. Links to other websites from this website are not under the control of the AMC and we have no control over the nature, content and availability of said websites. Inclusion of these web links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement of the views expressed within them.

 

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AMC and Partners Produce Trail Feasiblity Study

Grant funding from the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape funded a trail feasiblity study in Upper Bucks County. Read More

iNaturalist Projects in the PA Highlands

Combining the value of citizen science with species identification, iNaturalist gives everyday people the ability to connect with their local environment and identify the flora and fauna they observe. Read More

National Public Lands Day 2020: More Ways to Connect to Nature

This year’s NPLD will look a little different, but it’s largely virtual format will give people in or near the Pennsylvania’s Highlands region plenty of opportunities to engage in a celebration and appreciation of our public lands, while contributing to volunteer efforts from behind their computer. Read More

Great American Outdoors Act signed into Law

On August 4th, 2020 GAOA was enacted into law! This measure provides full, permanent dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund and a $5.9B investment over 5 years to address the maintenance backlog on public lands. Read More