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Natural Resources

Pennsylvania, by virtue of its geographic location, is where northern and southern species and ecological systems merge. In particular, because of the north-south orientation of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the South Mountain is an important corridor and repository for populations of rare and threatened species. The largely intact forests of the ridgeline not only provide important wildlife habitat, but also provide significant benefit to the surrounding communities – the bulk of pure, clean drinking water that our communities rely on is naturally filtered and stored within the mountains’ geology.

Our local natural resources are central to the region’s drinking water, wildlife, and forest health – such resources shape the region’s unique identity, undergird the current and historical economic base, and create a wealth of recreational opportunities. As such, the Partnership works to conserve the South Mountain landscape’s natural resources, and supports ecologically grounded management and stewardship on public and private lands.

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