The Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association began in 1983 as an off-trail family of fellow hikers who‚ above all, shared similar experiences, hopes and dreams on the Appalachian Trail and other trails. Membership in this nonprofit group is open to all.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a volunteer-based, private nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the 2,175-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, a 250,000-acre greenway extending from Maine to Georgia. Our mission is to ensure that future generations will enjoy the clean air and water, scenic vistas, wildlife and opportunities for simple recreation and renewal along the entire Trail corridor.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor was first recognized by U.S. Congress in 1988 for its important history and rich and distinctive cultural and natural resources. The Corridor showcases the Delaware, Lehigh and Wyoming Valleys where anthracite coal was discovered, canals were built and iron first poured. Today, extraordinary natural, cultural and recreational resources give us a living "national park" where people live, work and share the responsibility of keeping it special.
The Heritage Conservancy was founded in 1958 as the Bucks County Park Foundation. Since that time, the organization has become an acknowledged leader in land and historic preservation throughout eastern Pennsylvania and western central New Jersey.
The former Ironton Railroad has been transformed to provide a safe, year-round recreational opportunity for local residents and visitors. A part of the Rails-to-Trails movement sweeping the nation, the Ironton Rail-Trail was developed by the municipalities of Whitehall, Coplay, and North Whitehall. Located in the Lehigh Valley, this regional spur of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is one of most popular multi-use trails in the area.
Keystone Trails Association is an alliance of organizations and individuals who share a common interest in hiking in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.
The Lehigh Gap Nature Center is a nonprofit, member-supported wildlife conservation and education organization whose mission is to protect wildlife and habitat through education, conservation, and research for the benefit of the earth and all its inhabitants. Our Lehigh Gap Wildlife Refuge (LGWR) is a 750-acre reserve on the Kittatinny Ridge (Blue Mountain), along the Lehigh River in northern Lehigh and southern Carbon Counties, Pennsylvania.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, maintains and protects the Appalachian Trail and nearby lands as well as acquiring and maintaining other trails and related facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers.
The Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club is dedicated to group hiking, trail maintenance, and conservation of wild lands and wildlife.
The ATC's magazine for trail maintainers, available exclusively on-line.
The York Hiking Club maintains a section of the Appalachian Trail and participates in the Mason-Dixon Trail System. Our purpose is to promote hiking and appropriate use of outdoor recreational assets. Our members include all kinds of people of all ages who share an interest in hiking and walking.
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An advocacy organization dedicated to protecting the Blue Mountain ridge.
The Highlands Coalition, established in 1988, seeks to protect and enhance the sustainability of natural and human communities in the Highlands region of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. At a regional level, we work to secure federal and state funding for land protection in the Highlands and to foster more regional approaches to planning for and managing growth. At the local level, members of the Highlands Coalition contribute to efforts to fend off inappropriate development projects that threaten important Highlands resources and work with planning boards and community groups to understand the values of the Highlands and incorporate them into their decision making. The Coalition is comprised of more than 150 local, state, regional and national conservation organizations.
The Kittatinny Ridge Project, led by Audubon Pennsylvania, is a collaborative effort of local, regional, and state organizations and agencies to focus public attention on the importance of the 185-mile long forested Ridge through Pennsylvania; and to promote conservation activities to protect the Ridge from further habitat loss, fragmentation, and inappropriate land use.
Established on July 1, 1995, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is charged with maintaining and preserving the 116 state parks; managing the 2.1 million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state's ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers, trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks, open space and natural areas.
PA Greenways Clearinghouse web site is an initiative of Pennsylvania's Greenways Program, a partnership of government, non-profit organizations and citizens from around the state, with leadership from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association seeks to protect Pennsylvania‚Äôs special places and landscapes for today and for generations to come. To increase the quality and pace of land conservation, PALTA helps conservation practitioners improve their effectiveness, builds public understanding, and advocates for better governmental policy.
Since 1973, Wildlands Conservancy has been working to protect and enhance the quality of place that we all enjoy here in the Lehigh River watershed, as well as elsewhere in eastern Pennsylvania. As a non-profit, member-supported organization, we work on ways to protect water quality throughout the watershed, and we assist efforts to create, enhance, maintain, and promote parks and trails. We have protected more than 40,000 acres of critical farmland and wildlands in eastern Pennsylvania. We also foster responsible stewardship of our resources through education of our youth and by raising the environmental awareness of the general public.