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2016 Mini-Grant Program now open - Apply Now

The Pre-Application period for the 2016 funding round is now open and closes on June 1st - please apply now! The Pre-Application is designed to be short and easily completed but if you have questions, please contact Katie Hess at 717-258-5771. Selected applicants from those that enter the pre-application process will be invited to submit final applications by a Friday, July 29th deadline.

South Mountain Speaker Series Schedule Announced

The South Mountain Speakers Series is presented as a revival of the  Michaux Lectures , a series of talks given by  Joseph Rothrock  to build a groundswell of public support for his work to preserve and restore Pennsylvania's forested landscape. The late 19 th  century Michaux Lectures were an educational mission that catalyzed real change in Pennsylvania's environmental history. As we face the challenges of the 21 st  century, the South Mountain Speakers Series is intended to encourage a new generation to find in the past a positive vision for the future of the South Mountain landscape.

Spring Partnership Meeting Held April 29th

Over 25 attendees stayed for an optional pot-luck lunch at Dills Tavern.
Cultural Landscape Assessment Presentation
The Cultural Landscape Assessment for Michaux State Forest is presented.
Highlight of the Spring Meeting: Over 50 attendees were presented the results of the Cultural Landscape Assessment for Michaux State Forest were presented! Over the last several years, the Partnership's collective conversations led us to explore the development of a Cultural Heritage Plan to:
  • Increase our collective knowledge of the presence and importance of cultural resources in the region;
  • Provide information about those cultural resources for planning, tourism, education; 
  • Ensure the preservation of important         cultural resources.                                               
This assessment is the first product to come out of  the initiative and we were grateful to have Peter  Benton, the research team leader,  with us to  share the findings. Next steps include publishing an easy to read summary and exploring implementation of select recommendations.

Other highlights:
  • Jay Young, representing the Dillsburg Arts and Revitalization Council, spoke about how communities like Dillsburg are making great strides toward creating a healthy community by encouraging conservation, preservation, arts, revitalization, and business communities to work together;
  • Sam McKinney, representing Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society (NYCHAPS), hosted the event and spoke about NYCHAPS' challenges and successes over the years. McKinney is Director of Restoration and used a South Mountain Mini-Grant to partially fund the restoration of the distillery at Dills Tavern;
  • Pine Grove Furnace State Park manager, Joe Basil, was introduced to the Partnership;
  • All attendees had an opportunity to give introductions, announcements, and updates to the group;
  • Over 25 attendees attended the optional pot-luck in the beautiful ambiance of Dills Tavern.

May is Preservation Month

From the State Historic Preservation Office: May is  National Historic Preservation Month  and a great time to announce two new exciting preservation initiatives at the PA SHPO.   We're celebrating this year by kicking off our "Community Connections" campaign, the outreach and planning efforts for Pennsylvania's next statewide historic preservation plan, and our Preservation50 Community Recognition campaign. 

Right now we need your help! Your input helps identify issues and create a vision for the future of older and historic places in our communities.  Your feedback is a crucial part of the planning process.  Please take a few minutes to complete a brief online survey by clinking on the link above.  Share this post with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues and ask them to take the survey, too.  We also used a public survey in 2011 to inform the current statewide plan and got over 2,700 responses, with at least one from every county.  Our goal is to beat that number this year and have even more voices tell us what matters to them.

Let's help them out and give the SHPO a better understanding of the South Mountain region!

Good For You, Good For All

Being well, having fun, and strengthening our communities are some of the ways that local parks and recreation enhance the lives of all Pennsylvanians. It's good for you. It's good for all. We welcome you to start finding some good of your own. Use our site to stay connected and to find local parks in PA.

Inspired by the belief that local parks and recreation  improves the lives of all Pennsylvanians,we embraced the undeniable "goodness" of that experience. Read more about our work and the story behind the "Good For You, Good For All" campaign by clicking  HERE .

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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

Get Involved through the PA Parks & Forest Foundation
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