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Fall Partnership Meeting Highlights 
  • Held at Blue Ridge Summit Firehall;
     hosted by Washington Township
  • The audience of approximately 40 Partners consisted of local and state government, residents, non-profits, planning offices, educational institutions, and tourism offices.
  • The Partnership premeired the "This is Where We Live Video" - See It Here
  • Darwin Seiler described the Battle of Monterey Pass at Blue Ridge Summit.
  • After the South Mountain Partnership Meeting, Partners enjoyed a tour of The Monterey Pass Battlefield Park & Museum. For more information, visit:
  • The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club set-up their Appalachian Trail map and club information. 
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. We  connect or reconnect with the Partnership, learn more about the initiative and on-going projects;  build and strengthen our network amongst organizations working throughout the region; s park 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.

Interested? Join Us! Contact Katie Hess at or 717-609-4581 and Mike Eschenmann at 717-783-2360.

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

Final 2015 Speakers Series Event

When: November 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm   

Where: Memorial Auditorium at Shippensburg University

Award-winning author and respected natural historian Scott Weidensaul will discuss his  ground-breaking research on the migration patterns of Northern     Saw-Whet Owls, Norther America's smallest owl.   This research has focused on three locations within south-central Pennsylvania, including at Kings Gap atop South Mountain. Learn more about  Weidensaul's research and Northern Saw-Whet   Owls here.

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The Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Hallowed Grounds Project held a daylong workshop on our forgotten heritage of African-American burial grounds and an opportunity to share information on  conserving abandoned or threatened cemeteries across the state. Included was a walking tour at the Locust Grove Cemetery, Shippensburg's historic African-American cemetery, which is the final resting place of twenty-six African-American Civil War veterans.

WHEN: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

WHERE: Reisner Hall's Tuscarora Room, on the campus of Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve invites you  to their annual Fundraiser - "Party for the Preserve" on November 6th at Hauser Estate Winery in Biglerville.  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary, Cindy Dunn, is the Keynote Speaker.  Fundraising from this year's event will directly support education programs offered to over 5,000 local school children. Click Here for more info.

WHEN: Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Appalachian Trail Museum, you are 
WELCOME to join us at this year's Volunteer Recognition Dinner 
to learn about being an A. T. Museum volunteer by talking 
with current volunteers. 
We'll be talking about 
our favorite Museum events and activities of the past year !

WHEN: Sunday, November 15th  at 1:00pm

WHERE: Ironmaster's Mansion in Pine Grove Furnace State Park (just down the road from the Museum)

Public involvement requested, as it is a critical component of the Bureau of Forestry's planning process and they need your input. Initial planning for the 2015 State Forest Resource Management Plan (SFRMP) is starting with public expertise & need information gathering activities. The bureau has developed numerous avenues for the public to provide input on the draft 2015 SFRMP. 

Please consider attending the Carlisle meeting, November 10th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Comfort Suites. You may also take an online survey, mail and/or email your comments - Click Here
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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