The Schuylkill Highlands is one of seven 'Conservation Landscape Initiative' regions in Pennsylvania,and as the name suggests, includes the Schuylkill River Watershed for the most part and the southeastern most section of the Pennsylvania Highlands.
The Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative,is administered by Natural Lands Trust. It integrates the inspiration and action of many local, county and state government partners, land trusts, and nonprofit organizations. The partnership devotes its attention and expertise to protecting and preserving this critical landscape in a manner that will enable its vibrant sustainable economic future.
The Schuylkill Highlands is a place to protect and guide the “history of our future”. This diverse and extraordinary landscape of national significance in southeastern Pennsylvania with its splendid vistas, quiet woodlands, pristine headwaters, rolling farmlands and a deep cultural and historic past includes:
* Largest unbroken forest between Washington DC and New York City.
* 61 of the 128 miles of the Schuylkill River.
* 660 miles of exceptional value and high quality streams, provide 1.75 M people drinking water.
* Schuylkill River Trail.
* High concentration of cultural sites.
* 3 National Parks, 5 State Parks, 5 Important Bird Areas.
* 8.5% of the 926,689 total acres are protected.
* Federally threatened species and critical habitat areas for wildlife.
See official website to learn more, or contact:
Carol De Wolf, Director, Schuylkill Highlands Cdewolf@natlands.org Natural Lands Trust