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This award goes to what we like to call the “dream team of Partnerships”. This is the Pine Grove Furnace team which being recognized for their outstanding partnership activities that directly support the vision of the South Mountain Partnership. Pine Grove Furnace State Park, located at the mid-way point of the Appalachian Trail is nestled in Michaux State Forest and has been a conduit for other important projects of interest.
The Partnership have played collaborative roles in supporting Pine Grove Furnace State Park, the Cumberland County Historical Society for Camp Michaux, Central Pennsylvania Conservancy for the Iron Master’s Mansion and the AT Museum. Together, they have become a regional hub for tourism. The addition of these three incredibly rich heritage sites, and the Friends Group, is exactly what the South Mountain Partnership is all about. This partnership’s cumulative efforts promotes local agriculture through educational programs; promotes and preserves cultural heritage, conserves natural resources, promotes and develops recreational opportunities and develops business and tourism opportunities for over 500,000 visitors.
|Awarded organizations: (below) Cumberland |
County Commissioners and Cumberland
County Planning Department were
awarded as well as (above) the
Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau
|Denise Jumper, representing Middlesex Township|
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail cuts across the Cumberland Valley, running through some of the most populated and developed portions of the extent of the 2,180 mile Trail. The Trail is the Cumberland Valley is extremely used and loved, but it is not always obvious how you can access the Trail. In 2011 the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club pondered how they might develop a better access point on Trindle Road as an all volunteer organization.
CVATC contacted Middlesex to obtain their consent and endorsement of their plan to build a parking lot at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and Trindle Road (PA Route 641), between Mechanicsburg and Carlisle. To their surprise, they have gone much further. They have provided significant in-kind services to actually construct the parking lot.
Middlesex has used their workers and equipment to perform the initial excavation and construction work at the site, including hauling stone and gravel from the quarry and installing it. CVATC estimate the value of their in-kind services at almost $6,000, with more to come.
Their cooperation has helped to promote and develop recreation and tourism opportunities in the Cumberland Valley. Trindle Road is one of the busiest highways in the Valley. It has long needed a formal parking lot at the A.T. junction. CVATC estimates that hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists use the AT in the Valley each year.
- An opportunity for you to connect with the Partnership as a whole and get a great retrospective on what we have done and where we are going.
- A chance to network with folks in the region who are making a difference.
- Celebrate and recognize our partner's outstanding acmmplishments. The Partnership will be awarding several awards through a nomination process. Nominate a Parnter now.
- Hear about projects that are being awarded South Mountain Mini-Grants
SAVE THE DATE! Closing the Food Gap in South Mountain, will both feature keynote speaker Mark Winne, who addresses these issues in his books, "Closing the Food Gap" and "Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin' Mamas". Prior to the evening keynote address symposium participants will have exclusive access to a networking reception featuring locally grown & produced refreshment and the unique opportunity to meet individuals, organizations, and businesses that are committed to working together to improve our regional food system.
|Meadowbrooke Gourd Birdhouses|
- Larry F. won a large gift basket from Mountain Lakes Market in Carlisle.
- Deborah H. won a historical book from History on High shop in Carlisle courtesy of Cumberland County Historical Society.
- Matt N. won the book In the Beginning: 1750-1865 History of South Mountain from the Preserving Our Heritage Archives & Museum in South Mountain, PA.
- Tracy B. won a Gourd Birdhouse from Meadowbrooke Gourds in Carlisle.
|Kings Gap General Store|
at the Shippensburg University Conference Center. Registration is $10
(click to download registration form)
|Randall Arendt, a national |
expert on sustainable
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and registration form
- The McLain Celtic Festival
- Specialty programming at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve
- And many more!
|McLain Celtic Festival, Carlisle, PA|
- The South Mountain Outdoors 2011 event
- The Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield's outreach & fund raising efforts
- Camp Michaux Recognition and Dedication event coming up on July 16th
- The A.T. Museum's Sunday event schedule
- Cumberland Valley Rail Trail extension into Downtown Shippensburg
- And More!!
will be the next South Mountain Partnership-wide Meeting held at:
Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, PA. Click here for Map.
The meeting will begin at the newly renovated Ironmaster's Mansion and break out into three concurrent sessions covering:
- Reinventing the Commercial Corridor, Planning Session
- Statewide Preservation Plan Public Forum: Heritage Planning Around South Mountain
- South Mountain as a Bio-Reserve
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REGISTER FOR THE EVENT
Pine Grove Furnace State Park, recently named the 2010 State Park of the Year, the South Mountain Partnership, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are sponsoring National Get Outdoors Day to provide outdoor and education opportunities for the entire family. Events for the day begin at 8:00 a.m. with a half marathon and 5K run to support the Friends of Pine Grove Furnace, a non-profit organization that helps promote volunteerism and assist with events at the park. Other morning events include trail hikes to local scenic vistas and historical sites, a wildflower walk, a historical scavenger hunt and kayaking for beginners.
Lunch will be available at the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy’s newly renovated Ironmaster’s Mansion. Meals will include hamburgers, hotdogs, sloppy Joes, potatoes salad, watermelon, desert and drink for only $7.
Registration is required for all events and, with the exception of the half marathon and 5K run, are free. To register, visit the DCNR Calendar of Events for Pine Grove Furnace State Park at www.dcnr.state.pa.us or call the Park Office at 717-486-7174.
The Appalachian Trail Museum will hold its first festival on June 18-19 at the park. “The festival will celebrate hiker culture and feature a new traveling exhibit developed by the museum,” Zimmerman said. The kick-off for the festival will be the inaugural Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet on the evening of June 17, at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs. At the banquet, the first class of six honorees will be inducted into the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame, which will be located in the museum’s building at Pine Grove Furnace State Park. The festival will feature a hiking program, music, storytelling, crafts, competitions and history programs. There also will be a variety of activities for children on both days. Additional information on the Appalachian Trail Museum and the festival weekend events can be found at www.atmuseum.org.
- Clicking the above "Click Here to Register" button
- Calling the ATC office at 717.258.5771. The workshop will lay out details of the program and application and allow participants to ask questions.
Funds come from DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership’s Program and come from both the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and the Growing Greener Bond Fund (growing Greener 2), and several federal funding sources.
At the Adams County Agricultural
RESTORING THE CHESTNUT: The chestnut’s story is rooted in catastrophe but survives through our hope & work
FREE EVENT!!! At the Penn National Community, Trellis Terrace, 3720 Clubhouse Drive, Fayettville, PA
Thursday, April 7, 2011 starting at 7 p.m.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy Announced Today the Successful Acquisition of Nearly 1000 Acres of Critical Landscape in the Cumberland Valley
The parcels will be acquired by the U.S. federal government, National Park Service for permanent protection of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The purchase will protect open space and wildlife habitat, enhance the Appalachian Trail experience and provide protection to critical groundwater recharge areas that feed residential use in the valley and the cold water fishery of the Yellow Breeches Creek. Total project cost is $3.2 million.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is fortunate to have built a strong partnership of committed private conservation organizations and public agencies to help with this effort. Open space protection projects of this magnitude and significance are rare in this rapidly developing region. We are grateful to the current owners who see the value of public ownership and permanent protection,” stated Karen Lutz, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Funding for this land conservation project came from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), and local private contributions.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel. 304.535.6331 x117
Preserving Heritage In the South Mountain Region: A look into innovative partnerships around the mountain
Cumberland County Historical Society
21 North Pitt Street Carlisle, PA
12:15 p.m., brown bag lunch, bring your lunch and coffee and cookies provided
Speaker: Kimberly Williams, South Mountain Partnership Co-Lead and Landscape Protection Coordinator, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The South Mountain Region has a complex and rich story worth telling and preserving. South Mountain of Central Pennsylvania holds in its forested slopes layers of history. It holds stories and remnants which are key ingredients to the region’s sense of place. Discover overlapping themes of stories and remnants and how they are RELEVANT TODAY, including:
Natural wealth. The mountain’s natural wealth has a direct connection to the surrounding valley’s agricultural abundance and early prospering industries. Today we are learning new ways to profit from our wealth while conserving for future generations.
Refuge. The mountain served as a place of refuge to those fleeing from slavery on the Underground Railroad and those fleeing poor health at the South Mountain Restoration Center. Today, the mountain serves as a refuge of recreation that serves millions with major icons like the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and one of the largest intact forests near D.C. and Baltimore.
Conflict. Human conflict in the past several hundred years has direct tie to the mountain like the Civil War’s Battle of Monterrey Pass and the housing of a WWII Prisoner of War Camp. Today conflict over the preservation of our heritage and natural resources provides chances for new innovative ways to resolve conflict and increase collaboration.
Learn how these themes are relevant today, as they tie in directly into our sense of place and economic progress. Learn what the South Mountain Partnership, a unified group of private citizens, business, not for profit organizations and governmental officials, is doing to promote and preserve our rich heritage.
For more info on the Speakers Series, visit:www.southmountainspeakers.blogspot.com
This event is in partnership with the Cumberland County Historical Society. To learn more about their ongoing program, click here.