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– Science Summit

Registration for the 2022 South Mountain Science Summit has been brisk, with South Mountain Landscape partners, land managers, landowners and university programs all represented. The biennial summit will be held on Friday, April 29th at Big Hill Ciderworks (338 Georgetown Road, Gardners, PA 17324).  The summit program features presentations of important research conducted here in the South Mountain Landscape and will help define regional research priorities for the next grant cycle.  The summit is the best regional opportunity for students, faculty, land managers, planners and land use professionals to meet, network, and envision the future of science and research in South Mountain country.

The program will include a welcome from DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams-Dunn and will feature a full afternoon of presentations and discussions on a variety of important environmental, geoscience, and historical/archaeological topics. Following the presentations, a cash reception will be held in the Cidery’s tasting room, with delicious wood fired pizza available from Artisan Pizza and live music from South Mountain’s own The Flying Matlocks.

Registration for the summit is free, but capped at 150 attendees, so if you’d like to view the summit program, or register for this free event, please visit the summit registration page soon at .

This will be an excellent opportunity for students to connect with state agency and county representatives.

Click here to register

Contact Joe Baker for more details at

DATE: April 29, 2022

LOCATION: Big Hill Taphouse in Gardners, PA 



Welcome, Secretary Dunn, Session 1
– Water Quality and Unplanned Mountain Bike Trails: A Report from Mountain Creek and Tom’s Run (HBG U)
– On the Rocks: Recent Research on Native American Metarhyolite Quarrying (Shippensburg University)
– Geochemistry and Organic Loading at Ebberts Spring (Shippensburg University)
– Mapping Historic Charcoal Hearths and Colliers Huts on South Mountain (Mike Emmanuel)


Session 2 (2 or 3 20-minute presentations, roundtable/panel discussion/Q&A)
– South Mountain’s Timber Rattlesnakes: Facts, Public Perceptions, and Recent Research (DCNR/BOF)
– Research, Management, and Preservation at Historic Camp Michaux (Dickinson College, DCNR Cultural Resources)
– Restoration and Conservation Issues at the Letort Preserve (Central PA Conservancy)
– Discussion: Priorities, Issues, and Future Research in South Mountain Country


The 1st Science Summit focused on building connections between Landowners & Land Managers (private and public) and Researchers (academic institutions, university students and partners, conservation organizations and partners). These connections are the foundation for building a program that weaves together land management logistics with academic institution capacity. Click here for a pdf summary of the first summit, held in 2019 before COVID, or visit this interactive event summary.


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