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2017 Season

South Mountain to Your Glass: Preserving and Improving our Drinking Water Quality

Date: April 20, 2017
Location: Mont Alto, Penn State Mont Alto at 7:00pm

This lecture event,  "From South Mountain to Your Glass: Preserving and Improving Our Water Supply" will feature DCNR Stream Ecologist Nate Reagle and Dickinson College Environmental Studies Professor Dr. Kristin Strock. The current health of South Mountain streams, as well as the Conococheague Creek restoration project, a successful stream restoration project accomplished by the region's collective Trout Unlimited Chapters, will be highlighted.  

Letort Headwaters Tour: Walking Tour of the Historic Watercress Farm

Date: May 12, 2017
Location: Carlisle - Headwaters Property (985 South Spring Garden Street, Carlisle) at 6:00pm


Within the Cumberland Valley lay some of the world’s most popular fl y fishing spring-fed creeks - Letort, Falling Springs, Yellow Breeches, plus more! Thanks to the natural bounty and cultural history of the Cumberland Valley, the Letort Spring Run is perhaps one of the most historic trout streams. Local communities like Carlisle were established here because the Letort Spring Run provided them with what was needed to survive and prosper. Now known almost exclusively for worldclass fly fishing, the communities’ historic reliance on the Letort Spring Run has been largely forgotten.
Join us for a walking tour to learn about this unique property’s many layers of value - the layers of historic and cultural, agricultural, ecological, and recreational qualities while also learning more about Central Pennsylvania Conservancy’s work to purchase, restore, and preserve this natural mecca of consistent, cool water that hosts remarkable vegetation, insects, and fish populations.
Optional: Stay with us after the tour for dinner - bring $10 for a wood fi red oven-artisan pizza!   Tour begins at 6:00pm - Wear pants and sneakers or hiking boots Tour will last approximately 45 minutes; restroom available   In collaboration with Central Pennsylvania Conservancy, Cumberland County Historical Society, and Letort Regional Authority.   DIRECTIONS: From I-81 Exit 47/47A: Take R34/South Hanover St/Holly Pike south approximately 0.7miles and make a left onto Bonnybrook Rd at Highlands' Tire and Service. Pass 0.8miles over a stone arch bridge on the west branch Letort and up the hill. Take a left onto S Spring Garden St. Proceed 0.6 miles, passing part of the old watercress farm on the left, then make a left onto a grass lane. Look for tour signage. From Carlisle Giant: Proceed South on S Spring Garden St. From the intersection with Union Quarries in approximately 1.2miles, continue 0.2 miles to a grass lane on the right. Look for tour signage. Google maps link to hyperlink the 985 S. Spring Garden St. address:''/985+S+Spring+Garden+St,+Carlisle,+PA+17015/@40.1781781,-77.1820055,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c8e1e8b248616f:0x9f6c57899d700c4d!2m2!1d-77.1798167!2d40.178174!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c8e1e8b248616f:0x9f6c57899d700c4d!2m2!1d-77.179817!2d40.178174?hl=en

HGAC's Barn Preservation Project: a Model for Local Efforts Throughout the Commonwealth

Date: August 15, 2017
Location: GAR Hall, 53 E Middle St, Gettysburg, PA 17325 at 7:30pm

In collaboration with Historic Gettysburg Adams County. Doors open at 7:00pm - Refreshments provided. Over the past fi fteen years, Historic Gettysburg-Adams County’s Barn Preservation Project has become a flagship of the organization, reinforcing its relevance as a preservation society that is actively engaged in the community. As part of the HGAC Educational Speaker Program, and in collaboration with South Mountain Partnership’s Speakers Series, HGAC’s Barn Preservation Specialist David Maclay will provide information about the project in a wide ranging presentation. Maclay will touch upon his experiences as a timber framer and restoration carpenter, and as a member of HGAC’s volunteer-driven eff ort to preserve these iconic structures. Geared towards barn enthusiasts and preservationists throughout the South Mountain region and beyond, the presentation will outline the components essential to a successful barn preservation effort -- committed volunteers with diverse areas of expertise; varied, engaging educational and outreach programs; corporate and private sponsorships; grant proposal development; and a documentation regime based on nearly 300 surveys of Adams County barns. The logistics and details of the survey itself, the resulting Adams County Barn Registry, and the myriad expressions of barn design throughout our rural landscape will be explored in an evening that is all about barns!

The Froelicher Legacy: Preserving a Watershed Landscape for Environmental Education in Adams County

Date: September 28, 2017
Location: Gettysburg - Harrisburg Area Community College Campus at 7:00pm

Strawberry Hill Foundation was founded in 1986 by Frances Morton Froelicher. Mrs. Froelicher began the foundation to support her husband’s efforts to clean-up and protect the Swamp Creek Watershed. In the early 1960s, the Froelichers began purchasing properties in Hamiltonban Township, stitching together various tracts of land to create the 519-acre core of Strawberry Hill. As the founder and executive director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association of Baltimore, MD from 1945-69, Mrs. Froelicher believed that work done with a small professional staff , a large number of volunteers and a great deal of enthusiasm, that Strawberry Hill could establish itself as a valuable asset to the Adams County community. Today, Strawberry Hill protects numerous wetlands, vernal pools, and two ‘exceptional value’ stream corridors, and the cultural heritage of Swamp Creek, Middle Creek, and Mount Hope. The Preserve provides recreational opportunities to Adams County residents through a variety of cultural and environmental programs and by maintaining ten miles of trails that are open to the public for hiking. This event will present a refl ection on the fi rst 50 years of the two-part mission that has created this exceptional value watershed to be placed in the public trust in perpetuity. Come to learn how Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve has stayed true to its mission of protecting the Swamp Creek Watershed and connecting the South Mountain landscape region with the natural world through environmental education and land stewardship. In collaboration with Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve.

Farm Fields to Warehouses: Economic Development Along the I-81 Corridor

Date: October 5, 2017
Location: Renfew Institute - 1010 E Main St, Waynesboro, PA 17268 at 7:00pm

The nation’s love of buying products online creates the need for warehouses along I-81, the main truck route to the northeast. An additional 8 million square feet of distribution warehousing space is anticipated soon for Franklin County, adding an estimated 1,600 daily truck trips to I-81. While the I-81 corridor presents the opportunity to grow, and the Transportation & Warehousing Industry has a valued place in the economic development strategy of southcentral Pennsylvania, many residents feel that it disproportionately degrades our quality of life when compared to other key industries. Many local residents are concerned with the increased traffic, loss of prime agricultural soil, low air quality, and the temporary and moderate-to-low paying jobs associated with the current Transportation & Warehousing Industry. Because the industry is so visible on the landscape, removes prime agricultural soils from production, and impacts local residents in daily activities, it is critical to manage future growth so as to maintain our high quality of life for which the South Mountain landscape region is known. Dr. George Pomeroy, Professor and Associate Director of Shippensburg University’s Center for Land Use and Sustainability, will present information necessary for our communities to understand why our area is a leader in the Transportation & Warehousing Industry, its sustainability, and its future outlook, as well as the aff ect of the industry on our resident’s quality of life, associated land use issues, and viable planning solutions. Dr. Pomeroy co-authored the 2008 report, “Economic and Transportation Impact of Warehousing on Rural Pennsylvania,” that explored in depth the impact of warehouses and the concurrent increase in trucking on employment, lifestyle, and the economy in rural Pennsylvania counties. In collaboration with Renfew Institute and the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University.

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