Wildlands Hosts South Mountain Hike

On Saturday, September 29th, 2012, AMC's partners at the Wildlands Conservancy will host a guided hike and presentation at South Mountain.*

This is a great opportunity to learn a little more about the history and ecology of South Mountain as well as Wildland Conservancy's and the Pennsylvania Highlands Coalition's efforts to protect it.  Wildlands Conservancy recently received a federal Highlands Conservation Act grant of $806,000, which will help fund the protection of  this unique property.  The Highlands Conservation Act is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides up to $10 million a year for the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut to protect the highest valued land and water resources in the region.

The Wildlands Conservancy is a member of the Pennsylvania Highlands Coalition and has been invested in the preservation of this unique property since 1976, when Robert Rodale donated 96 acres of mountain property.  The mountain is home to rare and threatened plant species and is a breeding habitat for more than 59 species of birds. It is also a much-loved outdoor playground for hikers and mountain bikers. 

The hike starts at 10 a.m. and leaves from Klines Lane in Emmaus.  To register for the hike and to get directions, call Wildlands Conservancy at 610-965-4397 and dial extension112.

*The South Mountain that stretches through Salisbury, Allentown, and Easton - not to be confused with the other South Mountain, near Carlisle.

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