Planning for Conservation in the Sand Hills Region

The Sand Hills
AMC is working to promote conservation in twelve "hubs"of the Pennsylvania Highlands - regions with exceptional conservation potential.  One of those hubs is the Sand Hills, a unique area east of the Susquehanna River, just south of Hershey, that is rich in natural and recreational resources.

Along with our partners at the Trust for Public Land, we recently held a stakeholder meeting to present and discuss our newly published report: An Analysis of the Conservation Potential in the Sand Hills Region of the Pennsylvania Highlands. 

The report is the result of over a year's work by AMC and the Trust for Public Land.  It provides a detailed analysis of properties in the Sand Hill region, and ranks their conservation potential on factors like biodiversity, soil quality, and proximity to other preserved land.  It also includes resources to help communities fund conservation work through ballot measures.  Attendees included elected officials at the county and municipal level, planners, engineers, and watershed stewards.

To read more about our work in the Pennsylvania Highlands, check out our Mid-Atlantic page on