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South Mountain Fruit Belt a "Featured Landscape" 

A case study on the South Mountain Partnership as an important cultural landscape has been posted on the Living Landscape Observer. Read about it here! 

Conococheague Institute's Fall History Seminar Series underway

The Conococheauge Institute's annual Fall History Seminar started on September 6th and runs through November 1st. This year's theme is "Hacked out of the Wilderness: Setting Boundaries on the Conococheague Institute." Click here for more information and the full line-up of lectures scheduled. 

MACWell to host 5th Anniversary Celebration

Join the Mercersburg Area Council for Wellness on Thursday, October 23rd to celebrate five years of "supporting a groundswell of community commitment to making the Area a place that inspires its population to live well." A keynote by Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly, will highlight the evening; more information is available here

Pine Grove Furnace State Park to host annual Fall Furnace Fest

The annual Fall Furnace Fest is scheduled for the weekend of October 18th & 19th. Click here for more information.

Calling All Partners:


Save the Date!

 Friday, January 30th, 2015 


Cumberland County


Join the South Mountain Partnership to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of 2014 and to look forward to what is to come in 2015! 




More information and registration coming soon!


Are you a partner organization to the South Mountain Partnership?


As you may know, the South Mountain Partnership is in the middle of a redesign of our website, a project that has encouraged us to reflect on all aspects of the Partnership. One area that we've struggled with internally - and that we've heard is ambiguous and confusing to our collaborators - is identifying the pathway for formally designating our partners.


It is with that in mind that we introduce the "Partner Support Letter" as the mechanism for designating partners. We are inviting all organizations that consider themselves partners and/or are interested in becoming partners to formalize this relationship - to do so, please:

We very much look forward to launching our new website and including a comprehensive listing and links to all of the wonderful partner organizations that we have the privilege of collaborating with.


Please don't hesitate to contact Jonathan Peterson with any questions or concerns about this Partner Support Letter or the Partnership more broadly.



South Mountain Speakers Series:

Changing Climate in the South Mountain Region: How a Changing Global Climate is Affecting the Local Landscape


Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Stern Great Room, Dickinson College

7 pm


In collaboration with our partners at Dickinson College and the Greater Carlisle Project, the South Mountain Partnership will be hosting the evening lecture, "Changing Climate in the South Mountain Region: How a Changing Global Climate is Affecting the Local Landscape." 


Dr. Tim Hawkins, professor of earth science at Shippensburg University

will draw upon his own research to describe historic weather and climate patterns and extremes for the South Mountain region, including trends found along the Appalachian Trail. Projections of future shifts in climate, as well as the important local, state, federal and international decisions that surround these changes will also be included. Dr. Hawkins will be joined by a panel of experts who will address additional factors, including alterations in Pennsylvania habitats, agriculture and flood management. Panelists will include Ben Wenk, Three Springs Fruit Farm; Dr. Marc McDill, Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management at Penn State; and Dr. Jeff Niemitz, Professor, Department of Earth Science, Dickinson College.


We hope you can join us for this last event in the 2014 Season of the South Mountain Speakers Series!

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy to host screening of "The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy"

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Carlisle Theatre

7 pm

Experience the Appalachian Trail like never before AND help the Appalachian Trail Conservancy reach its goal of 2,180 new members - one for each mile of the Trail!

This year during our annual fundraiser, discover the unique history of the A.T. as you explore the never-before-seen film "The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy" on the big screen. You will also have the chance to win limited-edition prizes and hear real stories from leaders in the Trail community and from those who have hiked the 2,180-mile long A.T. 

This year's exciting guest speaker lineup includes: 
  • Pam Underhill: Retired Superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail 
  • Karen Lutz: ATC's Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and A.T. thru-hiker
  • Sam Henegar: Film director and producer of "The Appalachian Trail: An American Legacy"
  • Javier Folgar: Director of Marketing and Communications for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

For tickets, or for more information, visit


Use the promo code COMM14 for $5 off admission! Kids get in free.



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