The Mid-Atlantic Highlands Region and the Pennsylvania Highlands

 

The Four State Highlands Region

Just beyond the eastern seaboard where large cities and suburbs merge into the nation’s most densely populated region, over three million acres of forested ridges, fertile farmland, streams, lakes and reservoirs form the regional landscape called the Mid-Atlantic Highlands. The four-state Highlands Region reaches from from northwestern Connecticut across New York’s Lower Hudson Valley, through northern New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, and on to the Maryland state line. The Highlands Region represents a modern-day frontier between the Appalachian Mountains and the urban lands along the Atlantic Coast. In 2004, the 108th Congress passed the Highlands Conservation Act in part to “recognize the importance of the water, forest, agricultural, wildlife, recreational, and cultural resources of the Highlands region, and the national significance of the Highlands Region to the United States.”

The Highlands provide essential goods and resources that ensure the survival and economic property of the 25 million people who live within an hour’s drive of the four state region. As the backyard for the nearby urban complex, this region supplies communities with clean drinking water, protects critical wildlife habitat, provides impressive recreation and tourism opportunities and distinctive places to live. The Highlands Region hosts more than 14 million recreation visits annually, more than Yellowstone National Park. Careful protection, management, and use of the natural resources located in this nationally significant region are essential for the long-term sustainability of both nature and the cities in which we live.

The Pennsylvania Highlands 

The Pennsylvania Highlands is a 13-county, 1.4 million acre region that includes the populations of the Lehigh Valley, Reading, and Pottstown, and is in close proximity to the populations of the cities of Philadelphia and Harrisburg.The Highlands Region’s location makes it economically and aesthetically valuable. Sparking streams, quality drinking water, outstanding recreational opportunities, critical habitat, tourism, productive farms and forests and rural community character – these qualities make the Pennsylvania Highlands a unique place. 

 

 

 

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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