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Happy Holidays from South Mountain Partnership!


Save the Date! 
Power of the Partnership Celebration

South Mountain Partnership & Regional Partners 
Win Grant!

With much support from the 12 Partners below, South Mountain Partnership led the charge on an application to the  Chesapeake Bay Trust Regional Capacity Building Initiative

Our South Mountain Region WON!

Adams County Planning Department 
Audubon Pennsylvania 
Cumberland Area Economic Development/Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau 
Capital Resource Conservation & Development
Cumberland County Planning Department 
Dickinson College
Franklin County Planning Department 
Franklin County Visitors Bureau 
Partnership For Better Health
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Wilson College
York County Planning Commission

This means that our South Mountain region was selected to participate in a capacity building program that will be facilitated by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  The purposes of this initiative are to a) increase the collective and individual grassroots capacity to accomplish regional goals at the intersection of community and environment and b) establish durable, powerful, and coordinated efforts to advance programs and policies to improve regions and communities beyond the term of the initiative.
This initiative will provide facilitation services, technical assistance, training and grants to strengthen and diversify regional collaborations working together to advance a shared regional and community driven agenda that improves the quality of life in the region and protects and restores natural resources. This request for proposals invites proposals from regions, prepared collaboratively by organizations working at the community, watershed and/or regional level to improve human health, create economic opportunity, advance clean water plans, increase access of local, sustainable food, conserve lands, protect and enhance community open space, etc, to seek assistance to develop and support cross sector collaborative strategies and also build individual organizational capacity.

Nominations Open for 
"Spirit of South Mountain Award"

The South Mountain Partnership annually recognizes an individual, project, or organization that has made significant contributions to advancing a positive and sustainable future for the South Mountain landscape. The Spirit of South Mountain award is presented at the annual "Power of the Partnership" 
year-end celebration.  The South Mountain Partnership hosts an annual year-end "Power of the Partnership" celebration that brings together our partners and the broader public to highlight the Partnership's accomplishments from the past year, recognize the recently awarded Mini-Grant recipients, and take a look at projects and programs to come in upcoming year.

Nominations for the award are accepted.  Click here to download the Nomination Form. Nominated projects or organizations are evaluated based on the degree to which they reflect the mission and advance the goals of the Partnership. Please direct any questions to Katie Hess at (717) 609-4581 or

Past Recipients
2014 - Land Conservancy of Adams County, and  Conococheague Creek Trout Habitat                
              Enhancement Project
2013 - not awarded
2012 - South Mountain Speakers Series Steering Committee
2011 - Middlesex Township and the Trindle Road A.T. Trailhead project

Farm + Family = Heritage
2016 Farm Show

One of our own from the South Mountain Landscape, the Horner Family Farm in Adams County, will be one of three of three farms  highlighted for being listed in both the Century Farm Program and the National Register of Historic Places -  these farms have been owned and operated by members of the same family for at least 100 years! . The Farm Show exhibit will be located near the Macay Street entrance and is a partnership between the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  Find out more here!

Land and Water Conservation Fund Reauthorized

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, hailed as America's best conservation program, will be reauthorized this week after expiring at the end of September. In its 50-year history, LWCF has helped build trails, parks, river put-ins, trailheads, and access to climbing areas in 50 states. If you love to ski, hike, climb, bike, picnic, camp, or paddle, you have probably benefitted from LWCF. Since its expiration in September, the outdoor recreation community and the larger conservation community have been raising a ruckus with policymakers about reauthorizing the fund.  Find out more here!

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Do you have news to share with the South Mountain Region?  We welcome you to submit announcements and updates of projects and events that are strengthening our quality of life.  

CALL TO ACTION   Looking for ways to get involved in the South Mountain community? Consider contacting the following organizations:

Appalachian Trail Museum

Audubon LeTort Stream Studies Program
contact: Holly Smith, 717-514-4607

Friends of Pine Grove State Furnace Park
contact: 717-486-7174

Friends of Caledonia State Park
contact: 717-352-2161
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