The South Mountain Partnership has scheduled its Fall Partnership Meeting for Friday, October 16th - mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!


The South Mountain Partnership recently launched a brand new video - "This is Where We Live" - be sure to check it out here!


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Welcome to the new South Mountain Partnership Director!


Please join us in giving Katie Hess a warm welcome to the South Mountain Partnership as she prepares to take the reigns as Director.


The South Mountain Partnership and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are pleased to announce that Katie Hess has been selected as the next Director of the South Mountain Partnership. Ms. Hess will begin her tenure with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy on August 17th.

Katie  has a degree in landscape/regional design and planning from Pennsylvania State University (Master of Landscape Architecture, 2012) and graduated from Hood College (BA in Environmental Science and Policy, 2006). She joins the Partnership from the Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation, the state agency that works to conserve Pennsylvania's historic and cultural resources. 


Katie is a native of the South Mountain landscape, having grown up in Franklin and Adams County - where she learned how important a factor the land can be in shaping our quality of life and identity. Her experiences have led her to be an advocate for conserving resources, preserving 'sense of place,' and community self-determination, and her work focuses on collaborating with others to create culturally, environmentally, and economically sustainable solutions to community challenges. 


Once again, please join us in welcoming Katie! 


As of Monday, August 17th, Katie can be reached at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's Mid-Atlantic Regional Office at 717 258-5771 or  



Fall Partnership Meeting

Friday, October 16th, 2015



The South Mountain Partnership is hosting its Fall Partnership  on Friday, October 16th in Franklin County. 


More information and registration details coming!


ABOUT PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS: Twice annually (Spring and Fall), the Partnership holds a Partnership-wide meeting in which all partners and interested parties are invited to come together and build relationships and collaborations. These meetings are a chance to:
  • Connect or reconnect with the Partnership, learning more about the initiative and on-going projects;
  • Build and strengthen a network amongst organizations working throughout the region;
  • Spark conversation and collaboration across political and sectorial boundaries;
  • Help partners understand opportunities to engage in the on-going work of the Partnership;
  • and allow partners to help define the direction of the Partnership.

We hope you will be able to join us on the 16th of October!





   Did you catch the new South Mountain Partnership video?




The South Mountain Partnership released a new video on July 14th that captured the importance of the South Mountain landscape as home, as the location where we are forming memories that last a lifetime.

If you haven't seen the video yet, be sure to watch it here - and we hope it causes you to reflect on why this South Mountain landscape is special and meaningful in your own life! We'd love to hear your stories!

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