AMC Mid-Atlantic Staff hosted five public open houses for Upper Bucks County and Lower Northampton County residents on the PA Highlands Trail Network (PHTN) project.
The PA Highlands Trail Network will extend the 150-mile Highlands Trail in NJ and NY. The project is only in the initial planning phase and is envisioned to traverse the 13-county PA Highlands from Bucks to Adams County. Community engagement is key to planning the route in Bucks County as a specific route is not planned yet.
The open houses were a continuation of community outreach. Prior to the open houses, municipal presentations on the PA Highlands and the PHTN were given to seventeen municipalities in Upper Bucks and Lower Northampton Counties. The majority of the municipalities passed a resolution in support of conserving and protecting the PA Highlands.
The five open houses were held in Springtown, Quakertown, Nockamixon State Park, Perkasie, and Bedminster Township. The purpose of the open houses were for residents to learn about the trail project and most importantly be part of the planning process. This also was an opportunity for attendees to submit their interest in serving on the PHTN Bucks County Steering Committee and/or volunteer in any other way. Over 70 residents attended the open houses with many of them interested in potential routes but also to serve on the PHTN Bucks County Steering Committee.
The first PHTN Bucks County Steering Committee will convene in June. The goals of the steering commitee are:
- To create an action plan for the PHTN in Bucks County
- Begin implementation of the action plan that will lead to getting the trail on the ground
- Raise community awareness and engagment of the PHTN and the PA Highlands in Bucks County
AMC will continue their community outreach on Saturday May 16th in Riegelsville, PA with the "Welcome to PA" Highlands Trail Celebration. For more details http://www.amcdv.org/HighlandsTrail/HighlandsCelebration2.jsp