Partnership Welcome & Update
The South Mountain Partnership works best as a network of people and organizations working toward common goals.

Our common goal? Making the future of our region better.
We are also days away from finalizing our new project with The Foundation for Enhancing Communities – more to come about that in the coming weeks and in the July/August newsletter! 

Katie Hess, Director of the South Mountain Partnership
Last Chance to Register for the Spring (Virtual) Meeting!
Twice annually (Spring and Fall), the South Mountain Partnership holds a meeting where all partners and interested parties are invited to come together and build relationships and collaborations.

Please join us for this free online meeting to learn about the York County Open Space and Land Protection Fund, the Dillsburg Heart & Soul Project, and the South Mountain Trolley Greenway.

To see the full agenda, presenters, and other details, click here .
2020 Mini-Grant Program Closing Soon

The pre-application period for the 2020 Funding Round is open from Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, May 29. All pre-applications must be received by Friday, May 29, 2020. Only applicants with strong pre-applications will be invited to submit a final application by July 31. Invitations to submit final applications will be distributed by June 12, 2020.

The South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program was developed in 2009 and financial support is provided by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the Environmental Stewardship Fund

To learn the full pre-application requirements and how to apply, click here .
Social Media & Partner News Roundup
The following are some of the most viewed posts from the South Mountain Partnership Facebook page over the past month, followed by some partner-submitted news we thought you might find useful.

Not following our Facebook page yet? Follow us here to see all the latest news, upcoming events, and more!

Land Conservancy of Adams County

Storm Water Systems
PA Recreation and Park Society Issues Guidelines for Getting Outdoors During the Pandemic
Did you pull a tick off your leg after going for a hike and wonder... did I just get Lyme disease?

Find a tick on your dog and think, of great! What if it was diseased?
Well, wonder no longer! The PA Tick Research Lab will test that tick for FREE!

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Trainings, Workshops & Learning Opportunities
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the individual partner organization's websites to see if any of the events listed below have been postponed or cancelled before going to the event. Stay healthy!
Water Webinar for Watershed Organizations
The PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR) will host a free webinar on June 5 at noon on the Fundamentals of Drinking Water for Watershed Organizations . The presentation will cover the fundamentals of drinking water protection and management from source to tap for both private and public drinking water sources in Pennsylvania. Attendees will learn what role they can play in helping to ensure safe drinking water and protect local drinking water sources.

For more information on programs, initiatives, other upcoming events and how you can get involved, visit the PA Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website here .
Calendar of Events


June 9
Recognizing Efforts to Keep Your Community’s Water Clean Webinar
Penn State Extension is hosting this free webinar about how to protect water sources at 1 pm. More info here .

June 10
Model Grant of Conservation Easement Webinar: Providing for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Open-Space Uses 
This is the 4th is a series of webinars about conservation easements, presented by the PA Land Trust Association.
More info here .

June 17
Model Grant of Conservation Easement Webinar: Rights and Duties of Holder and Beneficiaries
This is the 5th is a series of webinars about conservation easements, presented by the PA Land Trust Association.
More info here .

For a full listing of upcoming events, please visit our events page here .