Protect the View

Open space and trails provide measurable economic, environmental and health benefits to people and communities, and scenic trail views add to this value and increase trail enjoyment. Land conservation within trail viewsheds is essential to protect these trail views from land development. Protect the View is the result of several years of conservation and land development analysis of the Circuit Trails conducted by Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) as part of the Circuit Trails Visual Assessment project. The culmination of AMC’s research focuses on ten views from six Circuit Trails in PA and NJ that are vulnerable to development. As development pressure in the Philadelphia region continues, areas of scenic value may disappear. The objective of Protect the View, and the research it is based on, is to identify significant trail views within The Circuit that are at a high risk of future land development so that these areas may be protected for future generations to enjoy.

For more information about this project, refer to Protecting Threatened Trail Views Along The Circuit: An Assessment of Land Conservation Priorities and Development Trends Along The Circuit report.



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AMC's Protect the View Campaign Launches

The online campaign, Protect the View, seeks to build awareness and support for the protection of trail views and experiences within the greater Philadelphia area’s Circuit Trails network.  Read More

Upper Bucks Rail Trail Opens

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Richland Township to celebrate the opening of a new section of the Highlands Trail in upper Bucks County. Read More

PA Outdoor Corps in the Highlands

Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps member Kayla Snyder writes about this season’s work in the Highlands at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. Read More

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