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Agricultural Resources

With its history of human habitation, the South Mountain landscape too has a rich legacy of working lands. Agriculture has been historically and continues to be a leading industry within the region. The Cumberland Valley boasts some of the state’s best, most productive agricultural soils. The South Mountain Fruit Belt represents a unique melding of geology, topography and climate that makes it one of the best fruit production areas east of the Mississippi. And not to forget the forests of South Mountain: this region continues to be a source of timber and wood products.

Families have farmed lands within the South Mountain landscape for generations. The Partnership believes that maintaining the economic viability of the region’s farms and forests is critical to conserving natural and cultural resources across the landscape. As such the Partnership works to support the region’s productive working farms and forests, and keep these as open, active, and sustainably managed.

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